Lesson: Scott McKim_Global Competency

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Lesson Objective

The idea of this lesson is use knowledge of a far away place (Brazil) to better understand our own local environment. I'm using energy and electricity production as the lens for this study. Students are to recreate their own town in a very deliberate and process-based approach, concentrating on efficiency, transportation, production, and a healthy environment for its citizens. For the purposes of this lesson, students are exposed to and research different forms of energy production. Exhibits from the world are used to launch into the topic of our relationship with our resources. Students analyze the pros and cons of different energy sources and how they can best conserve locally used energy.

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Deborah Cunningham Posted 4 years ago:

This lesson presents a great learning opportunity for students to explore global energy challenges and consider the impact and consequences of local energy choices on the broader global community. The concept of energy sources, integrated within the year-long town design project, has real world application and offers the potential for students to investigate a world problem and take action. 

Since the description of instructional strategies and outcomes is sparse, it’s difficult to assess the extent of these lesson activities. You might consider further developing the section of the lesson on how students will research energy sources around the world. This is a great opportunity to explore how the type of power, access, consumption, and production of energy varies around the world and the impact that one nation or region’s use of energy impacts the global system or examine the impact of various energy sources on the global environment. As they propose an energy source for their fictional town, students could calculate the impact their decision has on the global community. This recent report on global energy might provide useful data for this investigation: http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=12251

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Further description and details on the lesson would be useful for other teachers, but there is a lot of potential for this project to strengthen students’ global competence.

--Primary Source staff



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