Lesson Plan

Renewable vs. Nonrenewable Energy

Students will compare energy sources and their availability.
Pat D.
Classroom teacher
Falcon Creek Middle School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades 6
My Subjects Science

Students will be able to...

explain the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. 

explain that nonrenewable often means limited supply. 

develop their own understanding of energy sources. 

Grades 6
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1 Hook

A short video clip that demonstrates the issues with fossil fuels that will be considered during the lesson. 

2 Direct Instruction

  • Read the following article: ‘Greener’ energy needed now, group warns
  • Use several articles
  • For struggling readers use Evernote and Scribble to scaffold
  • Interact with the text and create a circle map of their thinking. Frame question:  Why should renewable energy be used?


3 Guided Practice

Activity: Assessing

Use Intel Thinking Tools (Visual Ranking Tool) (http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/education/k12/teachers.html) to record student thinking about the types of energy and rank them based on their research about the following types of energy:  solar, wind, fossil fuels, geothermal, nuclear, biomass, and hydropower.

4 Independent Practice

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Student will write a scientific explanation for the following question:  Should the United States decrease their dependence on fossil fuels in favor of renewable energy?

5 Wrap-Up

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Create a comic depicting the student's understanding of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.