Renewable vs. Nonrenewable Energy
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
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
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?
Create a comic depicting the student's understanding of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.