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Alternative Energy Sources

Lesson Description:
Students will:
  • Begin thinking about how wind and solar energy are used

Teacher will:
  • Assess prior knowledge students have about how wind and solar energy are using in iowa and around the world

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
5 days
Materials Needed:
  • Lamp with 150 watt bulb
  • 5 styrofoam cups
  • Light colored sand
  • Dark colored dirt
  • Water
  • 5 thermometers
  • Graph paper
  • Ruler
  • Clay
  • Yardstick
  • Protractor
  •  Magazines, catalogs, and newspapers 
  • Construction paper or poster board
  • Glue
  • Colored pencils  
  • Wind speed measurer
  • Copy of school ground map 

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf 1.pdf
Located in: Social Studies

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