Reflection: Lesson Planning Energy History - Section 3: Explain


To ready myself for this lesson I have analyzed each of the timelines and identified important information. I also focus on my standards and how they apply to this lesson. I do not demand the students write all of the information, but I know ahead of time what I want them to look for. My preparation helps me scaffold student learning.

Below is a list of each timeline and the data. By keeping this handy, I can help jolt my memory as to what the important events are when I'm stuck and can't remember.

Timeline Data Key Ideas

  1. Coal: production, laws, amount mined in tons, environmental impact
  2. Geothermal: watts, laws, states, government funding
  3. Hydro: laws, megawatts, states, building projects
  4. Natural Gas: number of wells, cubic feet, states, building projects
  5. Nuclear: scientific elements, materials, laws, states, megawatts
  6. Oil: barrels, cost changes, states, countries, laws, number built
  7. Wind: size of blades, kilowatts, mega kilowatts, laws, cost
  8. Biomass: wood and ethanol
  9. Wood: relationship between wood and coal, megawatt, gigawatt
  10. Ethanol: definition, using crops to make fuel, laws, war changes, subsidies, number of stations, number of gallons produced
  11. Solar - Thermal:  kilowatts, megawatts, tax laws, shape of dish
  12. Solar - Photovoltaic: efficient PV cell, materials, laws, megawatt

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Energy History

Unit 3: Energy Sources
Lesson 3 of 3

Objective: SWBAT analyze historical energy events to determine energy use today.

Big Idea: What's the best way to teach about our energy crisis? Students will look at energy timelines to determine for themselves events leading up to global warming and climate change.

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