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Acting Out Energy Forms
Acting Out Energy Forms GreenTeacher Winter 2010.pdf (file size:295,252 bytes)
A pantomime activity for teaching about different forms of energy.
Cars of Tomorrow and the American Community
Cars of Tommorow and the American Community.pdf (file size:8,874,649 bytes)
Through this unit, students identify how alternatively fueled cars of tomorrow can be used in their community. The unit contains an introductory activity that helps students determine which energy and transportation issues are important to them and their communities, and three research sections about alternative fueled vehicles that address availability and distribution; emissions and health; and operation, maintenance, and refueling. With each lesson, students discover another social, scientific, or technical aspect of cutting-edge automotive technologies and fuels.
Clean Green Power
Clean Green Power Educator Guide.pdf (file size:1,231,196 bytes)
The Clean Green Power program offers an introduction to the technology involved in clean, renewable energy and makes a great starting point for in depth studies in several related areas. It provides a context for teaching scientific principles related to energy transformations, chemical transformations, electricity, and light, which are central to many clean energy technologies. The Clean Green Power program also provides a natural segue to environmental, ecological, social and human health studies in a variety of topics such as: climate change/global warming; acid rain; ground level ozone; air pollution; surface mining; oil spills and mercury poisoning. Clean Green Power and Wind Wisdom Patches are available through prior grant funding at the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. http://www.gscwm.org/
Energy Thinking for Massachusetts
Energy Thinking MA.pdf (file size:14,557,961 bytes)
Energy—where we get it and how we use it— can be expected to change radically during the lifetimes of our children. The world’'s ability to produce oil fast enough to meet rising worldwide demand is being stressed. This situation can only be expected to grow worse over the lifetime of our students, unless we shift away from a dependence on oil. Rising carbon dioxide emissions, mainly from burning fossil fuels (our primary energy resources) are a major cause of global climate change. It is increasingly clear this will exact a considerable cost on the world’s environment and population, especially on future generations unless vast changes are made to our energy systems and ways we use energy. Through activities in this unit, students will implement an easy-to-use structure —the Energy Thinker’s Diagram —to analyze and evaluate energy use in their lives and propose changes that could reduce unwanted consequences of energy use that students consider important. Reduced risks of global climate change, energy price fluctuations, or lessened impacts of energy use on the environment or human health are just a few examples. Along the way, students examine the scientific concepts of energy sources, forms, transformations, efficiency, and heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation). Students experiment with electric generators powered by wind, water, and light; they also conduct tests heating model buildings with different types of insulation (thermal and radiant barriers) and sealing leaks. Steeped in state specific standards and statistics, students investigate the concept and applications of energy and the percentage of types of energy forms utilized by their state. Meets Massachusetts Standards for Learning: Science, Technology/Engineering and Ecological Health Copyright 2010, Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) For Energy Thinking PA go to <a href="http://www.pa3e.ws/">http://www.pa3e.ws/</a>
Getting Around Clean and Green
Getting Around Clean & Green.pdf (file size:1,407,201 bytes)
In this unit, students will explore their own transportation choices. They will also research the impacts various transportation options have on air quality, human health, and the environment, and will discover that they can make choices that will reduce many of the negative impacts of getting around in a car. Along the way, students will conduct research, work with graphs and charts, carry out surveys, and analyze the results. The final student project, a “Travel Guide of Clean & Green Ways to Get to Fun and Interesting Places,” allows students to integrate all of what they’ve learned into a guide that will help friends and families get out and have fun while leaving the car (emissions) at home.
Getting Around Without Gasoline
Getting Around without Gasoline.pdf (file size:4,418,751 bytes)
This unit focuses on transportation. the major polluter and user of oil in the United States. Developed for 6th-8th graders, the eight chapters offer lesson plans and classroom materials designed to enable teachers of different disciplines to teach academic skills in the context of this issue. These lessons are suitable for teachers of environmental science, language arts, social studies, science, math, art and technology. Students will become aware of the challenges that face them, and be given the questions and tools they need to develop ciritcal thinking, problem solving, and decision-making skills. Students will be empowered to become concerned citizens and, based on their understanding of sustainability, make a positive difference in the world in which they live.
Planet Connecticut
Planet Connecticut.pdf (file size:2,780,097 bytes)
Planet Connecticut delivers exciting hands-on activities and comprehensive lesson plans that explain global warming and climate studies, within a curriculum designed to meet Connecticut State Education Department science standards for grades 6-8. To download individual lessons and go to: http://www.planetconnecticut.org/teachersadministrators/index.html For more information: http://www.planetconnecticut.org/aboutplanetconnecticut/index.html
Travel Solutions to Global Warming
Travel Solutions.pdf (file size:381,108 bytes)
In this lesson, students will investigate carbon cycle and fossil fuels; graph the carbon dioxide production and populations of six nations; generate suggestions to reduce travel related carbon dioxide production; and complete "Trip Log" with trip saving measures.
Trip Tally: Discovering Environmental Solutions
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In this lesson students will perform a simple atmospheric experiment; collect, tabulate, graph, and analyze information on on how they get around; compare advantages and disadvantages of different forms of travel; and communicate pollution reducing message on posters.
Wind Wisdom
Wind Wisdom Educators Guide.pdf (file size:2,014,775 bytes)
Wind Wisdom means being knowledgeable about wind power as a renewable energy source and sharing that knowledge with others. Middle and high school students participating in the Wind Wisdom activities go to the leading edge of technology as they learn about clean, renewable wind energy. The program is designed so that students can tailor the experience to their own desired interests and complete the program with a personalized, appropriate level of challenge. Among the opportunities offered through this program, you can: Learn how we convert wind energy into electrical energy through thetechnology of wind turbines; Explore the costs and benefits of using wind energy, including how it can help reduce global warming and pollution levels when used to offset the use of fossil fuels; Develop ideas for wind energy school projects, displays, and presentations. Each activity includes specific suggestions, tips and resources to help complete the required tasks. Clean Green Power and Wind Wisdom Patches are available through prior grant funding at the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts. http://www.gscwm.org/
Wind Wisdom for School Power...Naturally 5-6
Wind Wisdom for School Power Naturally 5-6.pdf (file size:3,375,044 bytes)
Wind is a renewable resource. Wind is here flowing around the planet, and it is free. Wind turbines harness the energy of the wind and generate power for human consumption. There is no smog, no chemical reaction, and no chemical pollution. There is small-scale wind, a turbine for a home or a small community; and there is large-scale wind, many turbines to add power to a region’s electrical power grid. Engineers design turbines according to location and needs. Nowadays, siting wind turbines is quite a delicate process as we are more aware of our impacts on the ecosystems in which we reside. Wildlife flyways are taken into account as are viewscapes and noise issues. In order for humans to turn on a light, there will be impacts from the energy required. We need to carefully consider what these impacts are, who is affected, and how to best meet our needs while sharing this one precious world with all its other inhabitants. Enrichment Program Wind Wisdom for School Power…NaturallySM is intended to enrich existing scholastic programming. It is for teachers, non-formal educators, community mentors, and home-schooling parents who may not be completely familiar with concepts in wind energy and would like to learn along with their children. This curriculum is designed for and can be used as a certificate program for students, families, youth groups, and teachers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the science, issues, and opportunities of wind energy as a renewable energy source. For more information go to www.SchoolPowerNaturally.org.
Wind Wisdom for School Power...Naturally K-4
Wind Wisdom for School Power Naturally K-4.pdf (file size:3,020,903 bytes)
Wind is a renewable resource. Wind is here flowing around the planet, and it is free. Wind turbines harness the energy of the wind and generate power for human consumption. There is no smog, no chemical reaction, and no chemical pollution. There is small-scale wind, a turbine for a home or a small community; and there is large-scale wind, many turbines to add power to a region’s electrical power grid. Engineers design turbines according to location and needs. Nowadays, siting wind turbines is quite a delicate process as we are more aware of our impacts on the ecosystems in which we reside. Wildlife flyways are taken into account as are viewscapes and noise issues. In order for humans to turn on a light, there will be impacts from the energy required. We need to carefully consider what these impacts are, who is affected, and how to best meet our needs while sharing this one precious world with all its other inhabitants. Enrichment Program Wind Wisdom for School Power…NaturallySM is intended to enrich existing scholastic programming. It is for teachers, non-formal educators, community mentors, and home-schooling parents who may not be completely familiar with concepts in wind energy and would like to learn along with their children. This curriculum is designed for and can be used as a certificate program for students, families, youth groups, and teachers interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the science, issues, and opportunities of wind energy as a renewable energy source. For more information go to www.SchoolPowerNaturally.org.