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Biomass: Nature's Most Flexible Energy Resource

Lesson Description:
In this unit, students will learn the various sources and uses of biomass. Students will conduct a lab activity in which they will measure the amount and percent of waste material in common produce. Students will find the range, median, and mode from their measurements and identify resources for biomass in Texas.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
10 minutes 15 minutes 45 minutes activity 1 – teacher introduction activity 2 – assessment of current student knowledge activity 3 – reading passage and vocabulary homework assignment – sentences with vocabulary science reading vocabulary language arts 45 minutes 45 minutes activity 4 – pre-lab activity 5 – lab science & math 30 minutes activity 6 – post-lab science 30 minutes activity 7 – assessment science
Materials Needed:
  • copy of the Reading Passage and Student Data Sheets (includes reading comprehension questions, vocabulary and Lab Activity) for each student 
  • copy of the Assessment Questions for each student
  • an equipment kit for each group containing the following items:
  • 1 balance/scale
  • 1 ear of corn with husk (additional vegetable/fruit with edible and inedible parts, such as banana, orange with peel, apple with core, peanut with shell, will be necessary to optionally repeat the lab as additional activity)
  • 1 plastic serrated knife (or comparable tool capable of cutting kernels off corn cob)
  • 1 empty 200 or 250 ml beaker
  • calculator  

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