Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation How Do Our Homes Get Energy? - Section 2: Explore


My strategy with the flow charts worked out really well. Some students were curious about how electricity gets to homes. An example of a misconception is when a student explain how lightning strikes the box outside his home and is stored for use.

I have to conquer misconceptions and I want the students to learn for themselves. The Trustworthy Cyber Infrastructure for the Power Grid (TCIPG) site is invaluable because it is accurate, interactive and attractive. Expect the question, "Is this really how it happens?" Maybe it is the cartoon like presentation, or that assumptions/gaps are being filled in (simply but correctly). Once they are convinced, what they are learning makes sense to them. They are familiar with the infrastructure of power lines and substations. They just haven't really thought about them before. As students come back to the group and add to the Flow Chart, they can see what they learned. 

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How Do Our Homes Get Energy?

Unit 2: Generating Energy
Lesson 5 of 5

Objective: SWBAT analyze how energy is generated and used in the USA.

Big Idea: How do we get electricity into our homes? Students have no idea where the electricity before it channels into their homes. This lesson helps students understand where electricity comes from and what happens in a power plant.

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