Reflection: Student Ownership Energy Resources - Section 4: Wrap Up: Is Electricity a "Green" Energy Resource?


It wasn't until I had finished this and the following lesson it that I realized I had missed an opportunity to bring up an essential piece of the energy puzzle: conservation.  Yes, I had danced around it by talking about efficient light bulbs and hybrid cars, but I missed a real opportunity to explicitly deliver the message that one way to reduce the environmental impact of our energy use is to personally use less energy

As it was, I saw this as an opportunity to bring this up when reviewing for the unit test.  I asked students to brainstorm an answer to the following question on their own for 5 minutes:

"How can you reduce the amount of energy you use?"

I then asked students to take another few minutes to share their responses with their group members, taking note of ideas that more than one member came up with.  I then led a short discussion where I had students share out their ideas for using less energy while I wrote them on the whiteboard.  I then looked at each idea and asked the class if it was personally "doable" for them.  For those ideas that a majority found "doable", I put a check next to them.  For those that remained, I asked students to explain why those were less easy to imagine themselves doing. 


This is pretty similar to the lesson on ecological footprints from the population unit, but it was nice to tie back into that theme when the students had a broader foundation for understanding energy use and its consequences.

  But what about Conservation?
  Student Ownership: But what about Conservation?
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Energy Resources

Unit 7: Energy Resources
Lesson 2 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to describe the difference between a primary and secondary energy resource, between renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, and be able to describe the sources, uses, and effects of different energy resources.

Big Idea: Energy isn't free, it must be converted from naturally occurring energy resources, each of which has benefits and drawbacks.

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