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Renewable vs. Nonrenewable Energy

Students will learn the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy and why it is important to conserve energy
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Explain why and how we need to conserve energy.

Grades 4
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1 Hook

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Students will watch a video on BrainPop Jr. titled Energy Sources; This video introduces viewers to energy sources and renewable vs. non-renewable resources. It explains why we need to conserve energy. 

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Conversing

The teacher will ask students a few questions about the video:

1. What is a renewable resources?

2. What is a non-renewable resource?

3. Why do we need to conserve non-renewable resources? 

4. What do you think you could do to conserve energy or make energy better? Cleaner? Greener?

Students will discuss and investigate the answers to these questions.

3 Guided Practice


Together, the class will participate in an ePals project on alternative forms of energy. The students use what they know about renewable energy and work with students from another school (other states, countries) to come up with reasons why we should use these alternate forms of energy. Some students may even take it further and try to create NEW forms of alternate energy. The students will access their directions in Schoology, they are also listed below.

Directions for Renewable Energy:

Collaborating with a partner and ePals, you will create a presentation on renewable energy.

Using ePals, students will work with partners from other schools.

Come up with a renewable energy source to research.

Explain what the energy source is.
Explain how it is used.
Explain why it is beneficial.
Explain why we need to use renewable/alternate energy.

Create a presentation using PowerPoint, Prezi, or another form of presentation software.

*Challenge: Create a NEW form of alternate energy and explain it.

You will be assessed on the following:

Renewable Energy

4- The definition, example, and facts are 100% accurate and the challenge was met.

3- The definition, example, and facts are 100% accurate.

2- The definition, example, and facts are mostly accurate

1- The definition, example, and facts are not accurate


4- The presentation was smooth, understandable, and informative.

3- The presentation was smooth, understandable, and mostly informative.

2- The presentation was mostly informative, smooth, and understandable.

1- The presentation lacked information and was not understandable.

Students will post their presentations to the media album titled Renewable Energy Presentations


4 Independent Practice

After students have created their presentations with their groups, they will individually write a short persuasive piece using their Write About This! app. Students will upload a picture to go along with their piece about their renewable energy source. Students will write about it and try to convince the reader that their form of energy is the most important kind. Students will email their persuasive piece to the teacher.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

Students will use the app titled Geddit. Students will be checking in to see how well they understand Non-renewable and renewable energy sources.