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We've Got The Power

Lesson Description:

students will understand the following:

1. power can be generated in a variety of ways.

2. each method has its economic, environmental, and physical advantages and disadvantages.

3. different methods of power production are supported by different groups of people.
Lesson Type:
  • Discussion

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
Two class periods
Standards Addressed:
This lesson plan may be used to address the academic standards listed below. these standards are drawn from content knowledge: a compendium of standards and benchmarks for k-12 education: 2nd edition and have been provided courtesy of themid-continent research for education and learningin aurora, colorado.

grade level: 6-8
subject area: science
-understands energy types, sources, and conversions, and their relationship to heat and temperature.
-understands that energy cannot be created or destroyed but only changed from one form to another.
-knows that electrical circuits provide a means of transferring electrical energy to produce heat, light, sound, and chemical changes.

grade level: 6-8, 9-12
subject area: science
-understands the nature of scientific inquiry.
benchmark 6-8:
-designs and conducts a scientific investigation (e.g., formulates questions, designs and executes investigations, interprets data, synthesizes evidence into explanations, proposes alternative explanations for observations, critiques explanations and procedures).
benchmark 6-8:
-knows possible outcomes of scientific investigations (e.g., some may result in new ideas and phenomena for study; some may generate new methods or procedures for an investigation; some may result in the development of new technologies to improve the collection of data; some may lead to new investigations).
benchmark 9-12:
-knows that scientists conduct investigations for a variety of reasons (e.g., to discover new aspects of the natural world, to explain recently observed phenomena, to test the conclusions of prior investigations, to test the predictions of current theories).
benchmark 9-12:
-designs and conducts scientific investigations by formulating testable hypotheses, identifying and clarifying the method, controls, and variables; organizing and displaying data; revising methods and explanations; presenting the results; and receiving critical response from others.

grade level: 9-12
subject area: science
-knows the kinds of forces that exist between objects and within atoms.
-knows that magnetic forces are very closely related to electric forces and can be thought of as different aspects of a single electromagnetic force (moving electric charges produce magnetic forces and moving magnets produce electric forces); the interplay of these forces is the basis for electric motors, generators, radio, television, and many other modern technologies.
Materials Needed:
-research materials on power production
-computer with internet access
School or Group:
Discovery Education
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