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What's the Alternative?

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

150 minutes
Three 50-minute class periods
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
7, 8
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In this lesson, students learn about alternatives to fossil-fuel energy resources. They take on a challenge from the community’s “mayor” to serve on an Energy Task Force and research whether the most common alternative energy resources are appropriate for their community. Working in groups, they research five alternative energy sources and present their findings to the mayor. Then the groups evaluate the experience and the implications that each of these technologies has for both their local community and the larger global community.

Key objectives for students
Identify four common alternative energy resources.
Describe the pros and cons of the four common alternative energy resources.
Research one alternative energy resource in depth and present details about it to the class.
Evaluate and discuss the suitability of alternative energy resources for their community.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education, History, Reading or Language Arts
Topics
Renewable energy, nonrenewable energy, Alternative energy, solar, wind, hydroelectric, Biomass, geothermal, power, Clean energy, green energy, fossil fuels, hydropower, hydro, turbine, generator, Climate
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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