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Lesson 4: Where Does My Energy Come From?

Authored by Facing the Future

60 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
3, 4, 5
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The class brainstorms the different natural resources used to provide people with energy, then predicts which resources are renewable or nonrenewable. After reading nonfiction text about a particular energy source, small groups classify that source as renewable or nonrenewable and identify the impacts of using this energy source. Students then design an energy trading card and present what they have learned to the class.

Key objectives for students
Know the natural resources used to produce energy.
Use information from nonfiction texts to describe an energy source and the positive and negative consequences of its use.
Classify different energy resources as renewable or nonrenewable.
Create icons and nicknames to represent an energy source.
Secondary subjects
Art, Geography
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