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120 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

On Day 1, the class learns about the typical supply chain of a fuel. Small groups then research and create a poster to show the supply chain of a biofuel derived from a particular feedstock. On Day 2, students participate in a gallery walk to learn about the different ways to improve the sustainability of biofuels. Lesson 8 is a continuation of this unit’s PBA.

60 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students are introduced to the context for this unit’s PBA and its driving question, what are the most sustainable biofuels that can be produced in the Pacific Northwest for aviation? Through class discussion and a series of stations featuring different multimedia resources, students learn about the aviation industry and its use of petroleum-based fuel. Students regroup after the stations to share their findings and identify 3 main arguments for reducing our use of petroleum.

60 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students begin this lesson by examining the characteristics of 2 different transportation fuels—one a biofuel and one created from crude oil—to evaluate their sustainability. Students learn the definition of sustainability and its 3 key components: economy, environment, and society. Students then discuss and evaluate the sustainability of various feedstocks used to produce transportation fuels.

60 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students begin by analyzing photos and facts that reflect global energy use. In small groups, students read a country energy profile to examine energy issues such as access, reliability, and energy-efficient infrastructure. After, students consider sustainable energy solutions for each country.

60 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students participate in an oil extraction simulation and experience the increasing difficulty of extracting a nonrenewable resource over several years. Students consider the challenges posed by using nonrenewable sources of energy and analyze global trends in oil production and consumption.

60 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students begin by considering the impacts of energy use on society, economy, and environment. Students then investigate their own energy use by performing a personal energy audit. In reflection, students identify ways they can conserve energy or use energy more efficiently in their daily lives.

60 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students identify an activity they do which requires electricity. Working backwards from this activity, they sketch the path electricity travels as far back as they can. Small groups then read about a nonrenewable or renewable energy source used to generate electricity and identify its pros and cons. Small groups share their research with the class and together come up with a sustainable fuel mix for their region.

60 minutes
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6 / 7 / 8
Science

Students begin this unit of study by brainstorming and analyzing the many ways humans use energy. In small groups, they review some basic energy science by using energy cards to classify different forms of energy (such as light, sound, and nuclear) as potential or kinetic.

What is a green school?
15 minutes
5

Kindergarten / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Environmental Education, Professional Learning

This lesson page provides free resources for you, the teacher, to advance your own knowledge of sustainability and green building, and support your teaching.

This page is a great starting point for new sustainability teachers or a resource for experienced teachers. It will provide you with some background information to help you understand the impact of green schools and prepare you to start to take actions at your own school.

All the materials are available for free download in the “Prepare” tab below. For additional information about each resource, check out the “Teach” tab.

We’ve broken them down by:
- Green Schools Profiles and Case Studies
- Reports and Guides
- LEED Resources
- Pedagogy
- Videos

And check out additional resources in the Extend tab to expand your school's sustainability initiatives. We've called out reports to share with your legislators to drive green school initiatives as well as training to share with your facility staff.

The materials in this lesson are designed to support teachers, not implement as instruction in your classroom. But feel free to share materials with your students, colleagues, or community!

When you are ready, dive into the Learning Lab lessons. Looking for a place to start? Check out Every School Can Be A Green School: Getting Started Checklists. Or search the catalog by grade level, subject and theme.