Alternate Energy Sources

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:   Integrated Science                  

 Grade:   10

Unit:    8 Alternate energy sources (9.3)                  

 Pacing:   1 week

Essential Question(s):

  1. Will I be able to buy gas for my car in 2030?
  2. Without the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy, where can our energy come from?

Big Idea(s):

  1. Nonrenewable resources are being depleted by human over-consumption.  Alternative energy sources must be developed.
  2. Our sun is our main source of energy.  Some alternative energy sources include hydrogen fuel cells, hydroelectric and wind energy.

 

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Explain the environmental issues and concerns related to the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy.

Investigate and describe alternative energy sources such as hydrogen fuel cells,   wind and solar energy used in the production of electricity.

Discuss the causes and effects of the greenhouse effect

Discuss pros and cons of alternative energy uses—solar, nuclear, wind, hydroelectric, etc..

 

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

Environmental issues / concerns

Fossil fuels

Nuclear energy

 

Alternative energy

 

 

Hydrogen fuel

Wind energy

Solar energy

 

Explain

 

 

 

 

Investigate

 

Describe           

                              

5

 

 

 

 

4

 

5

 

 

 

Instructional Planning

 

Suggested Resources/Materials:

United Streaming/DVD

PowerPoint

Readings

Lab equipment

EEEP sheet (exciting example of everyday phenomena) 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Interactive use of technology

Direct instruction

Cooperative group work

Demonstrations 

Jigsaw activity/ student presentations 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections

fossil fuel

natural gas

petroleum

coal

nuclear energy

greenhouse effect

alternative energy sources

wind

solar

nuclear

hydroelectric

hydrogen fuel cell 

Inconvenient Truth

Lecture/notes/discussion on fossil fuels

Q &A

Read about solar, wind, hydrogen fuel, nuclear, and hydroelectric energy sources and present specific information to class

Solar panel 

Politics of climate change

History of nuclear energy