Reflection: Lesson Planning Investigation of Energy Options - Section 2: Activity


There are many ways to approach this lesson plan depending on the amount of time available to invest.  While each investigation requires a slightly different amount of time, with the first three being the fastest (hand generators, batteries and solar cells), while the construction of the wind turbines and water wheels require more time to create and test, decisions can be made to limit or extend the time investment.

Some of the possible options:

  • Each group investigates each energy option
  • Stations of each option are pre-constructed by the teacher and groups rotate through each station
  • Class is divided up jigsaw style and different members of the group become an expert in one type of energy option

Each method has its own pros and cons so it is important that you choose what works best for your class and students.

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Investigation of Energy Options

Unit 10: Design a Resilient, Self-Sustaining Community
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: SWBAT test and compare the amount of energy produced from a variety of clean, renewable energy options.

Big Idea: Students invesigate and compare the amount of energy produced from hand generators, water wheels, batteries, windmills and solar cells to determine the type of energy source they will use in their new society design.

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