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What is “environmental justice”?
120 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Science

Students take on perspectives of different stakeholder groups in the Pacific Northwest tasked with determining a sustainable aviation biofuel mix for the region. Stakeholder groups are encouraged to form alliances, contemplate compromise, and seek consensus on a policy that will best fit the needs of the whole community. Lesson 9 is a continuation of this unit’s PBA.

120 minutes
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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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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
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.

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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.

120 minutes
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6 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Science

Students use graphs and statistics to learn about energy use around the world and consider sustainable energy solutions. They read a country profile to examine energy issues such as access, reliability, and energy-efficient infrastructure. Then students connect their research with the United Nations’ Sustainable Energy for All initiative and work together in small groups to create a public service announcement (PSA) that encourages people and governments around the world to work toward sustainable energy solutions.

120 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Science

Students participate in an oil extraction simulation and experience the increasing difficulty of extracting a limited, nonrenewable resource over several years. Students consider the challenges posed by using nonrenewable sources of energy and then analyze global trends in oil production and consumption. On Day 2, they examine the history of oil dependence in the United States.

60 minutes
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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
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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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
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.

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9 / 10 / 11 / 12
Science

Students diagram energy transformations that take place with energy technology to demonstrate the law of conservation of energy.
Students begin this unit of study by brainstorming and analyzing a list of ways we use energy. Students create a concept map to review the different forms of energy and the law of conservation of energy. They demonstrate understanding of these concepts by diagramming and explaining the energy transformations that take place during the use of energy technology such as solar panels and power plants.