National Science Standards
Background Information, Vocabulary and Materials
Handouts and Worksheets
1x, 50-min. period
as Inquiry: Content Standard A:
All students should develop:
Content Strand C:
All students should develop an understanding of:
in Personal and Social Perspectives:
Content Standard F:
All students should develop understanding of:
Each student will:
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.
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).
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.
The Great Energy Debate Game
(1.8 M .pdf)
Note: A better quality electronic file should be available soon.
This material part of final test. See Testing Blueprint in Teacher's Guide for details.
*The Great Energy Debate Game
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