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Lesson 5: Energy Sources


National Science Standards
Learning Objectives
Background Information, Vocabulary and Materials
Lesson Procedures
Handouts and Worksheets
Criterion-Referenced Test

1x, 50-min. period

National Science Standards

Science as Inquiry: Content Standard A:
All students should develop:

  • Abilities to do scientific inquiry

Life Science: Content Strand C:
All students should develop an understanding of:

  • Interdependence of organisms
  • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Content Standard F:
All students should develop understanding of:

  • Natural resources
  • Environmental quality
  • Natural and human-induced hazards
  • Science and technology in local, national, and global changes

Learning Objectives

Each student will:

  1. Identify at least 8 natural resources.
  2. State the difference between a renewable and non-renewable resource.
  3. Classify each resource as renewable or non-renewable.
  4. Identify advantages and disadvantages of at least 8 resources.

Background Information, Vocabulary and Materials

Background Information

In this lesson we want to introduce energy sources and look at some of the benefits and drawbacks of each. Ten major energy sources will be introduced and used in a game format using the Great Energy Debate Game*. Read through the game materials to familiarize your self with it.



Lesson Procedures

Presenting the Information

Introduce The Great Energy Debate Game at the beginning of class. Alternatively, introduce the game at the end of the period before and assign the energy source research from the game for homework (this solution will allow more time for the actual game in class).

Student Practice / Activity

Play The Great Energy Debate Game and have students discuss positives and negatives of renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy.

[Optional: students write a position paper on the use of renewable/nonrenewable sources of energy and the effect on the community, including environmental as well as economic implications.]


Take several minutes to review the game using Step 5 questions from The Great Energy Debate Game.

Handouts and Worksheets

The Great Energy Debate Game (1.8 M .pdf)
Note: A better quality electronic file should be available soon.

Critierion-Referenced Test

This material part of final test. See Testing Blueprint in Teacher's Guide for details.

*The Great Energy Debate Game
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