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The Math of Renewable Energy

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to...
  • Differentiate between renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
  • Describe the effects human actions have had on the environment over time and explain the need for alternative energy sources.

Lesson Type:
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

Time Needed:
50-60 Minutes
Standards Addressed:
MCREL Mathematics Standard 2: Understand and apply basic and advanced properties of the concepts of numbers.
  • Benchmark # 1: understand the relationship between equivalent number representations (e.g., decimals, fractions and percents) and the advantages and disadvantages of this type of representation.
  • Benchmark # 9: understand the concepts of ratio, proportion and percent and the relationships among them.

MCREL Mathematics Standard 3: Uses basic and advanced procedures while performing the processes of computation.
  • Benchmark# 6: Use proportional reasoning to solve mathematical and real-world problems (e.g., involving equivalent fractions, proportions, percents).

MCREL  Science Standard 9: Understand the sources and properties of energy.
  • Benchmark# 11: understand the origins and environmental impacts of renewable (e.g., wind, water, solar energy) and non-renewable resources, including energy sources like fossil fuels (e.g., oil, coal, natural gas).

MCREL Geography Standard 14: Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
  • Benchmark# 3: understand the ways in which technology influences the human capacity to modify the physical environment (e.g., the effects of the introduction of electricity, combustion engine vehicles, chemicals and fertilizers).
  • Benchmark# 4: understand the environmental consequences of both the unintended and intended outcome of major technological changes in human history (e.g., the effects of automobiles using fossil fuels).

MCREL Geography Standard 16: Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.
  • Benchmark# 7: Understand how the development and widespread use of alternative energy sources (e.g., solar, wind thermal) might have an impact on societies (in terms of, e.g., air and water quality, existing energy industries, manufacturing processes).

MCREL Geography Standard 18: Understand global development and environmental issues.
  • Benchmark # 1: Understand how the interaction between physical systems and human systems affects the current conditions on earth (e.g., relationships involved in economic, political, social, and environmental changes; geographic impact of using non-renewable and renewable energy sources).

MCREL Language Arts Standard 8: Use listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
  • Benchmark# 1: Play a variety of roles in group discussions (e.g., active listener, discussion leader, facilitator).
  • Benchmark# 6: Make oral presentations to the class (e.g., use notes and outlines, establish a clear point of view, use evidence and arguments to support opinions, use visual media).

Materials Needed:
  • "Renewable Energy Math Worksheet" provided below
  • Markers
  • Pencils
  • Chart paper
  • Poster board
  • Measurement tools (rulers, protractors, compass)
  • Internet access

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf The Mathof_Worksheet.pdf
Located in: Math

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