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Energy Efficiency - Batteries

Lesson Description:
  • Identify and describe how an individual’s action in regards to using energy efficiently is a form of waste management and can affect change and improve the environment.
  • Research a topic and respond to a specific question that addresses the topic.
  • Present information in drawings and graphic representations.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
60 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Technology Standard 3: Understand the relationship among science, technology, society and the individual.
  • Benchmark # 1: Know that technologies often have costs as well as benefits (e.g., as new technologies are developed, man’s need for energy increases, resources are used and more pollution/waste is created) and this can have an enormous effect on people and other living things.
  • Benchmark # 4: Know that new inventions reflect people’s needs and wants, and when these change, technology changes to reflect the new needs and wants (e.g., upgrades to new energy using devices require more and more energy usage).
  • Benchmark # 5: Understand that technology may affect the environment both negatively and positively (e.g., paper batteries have the potential to improve environmental conditions, while traditional batteries add toxins to the environment if not disposed of properly).

Language Arts Standard 7: Use reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational text.
  • Benchmark # 6: Use prior knowledge and experience to understand and respond to new information.

Language Arts Standard 8: Use listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
  • Benchmark # 3: Respond to questions and comments (e.g., gives reasons in support of opinions).
  • Benchmark # 5: Use strategies to convey a clear main point when speaking (e.g., express ideas in a logical manner, use specific vocabulary to present information).

Materials Needed:
  • Assorted types and sizes of batteries
  • Internet access
  • Battery charger
  • Poster board and markers
  • Paper and Pencils

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Located in: Science | Language Arts

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