Lesson Plan

Solar Energy

Students explore how solar energy can be used (PVC panels, heating water etc.)
Toni S.
Classroom teacher
Hopkins West Junior High School
Minnetonka, MN
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My Grades 8
My Subjects Science
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • describe various ways that solar energy can be used.
  • describe pros and cons to using solar energy.
  • make and defend a claim: Solar energy is a reasonable alternative energy source.
Subjects
Science
engineering
electricity
energy
Grades 8
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Student Notes

1 How is electricity made? BrainPop

BrainPop
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Students will be introduced to ways we currenlty generate electrictity.  They will then focus on solar energy.

Student Instructions

Watch the BrianPop episode called Energy Sources

  • Take notes while you watch.
  • You should be able to describe AT LEAST 3 ways the energy is generated.
  • Take the quiz.

VOCABULARY: Biomass, Fossil Fuels, Hydroelectric, Solar Energy

2 Solar Energy - PBS (NOVA)

Next students will focus on solar energy.  Students will learn how solar energy is used to generate heat and electricity.

Student Instructions

Solar Power (NOVA)

Watch the video clip describing TWO ways solar energy can be used.

  • Take notes while you watch.
  • You should be able to describe 2 ways solar energy can be used.
  • You should be able to describe pros and cons of solar energy.

3 Learn more about solar energy

Students will explore more about solar energy.

Goal: = make and defend a claim based on this statement.

Solar energy is a reasonable alternative energy source.

Student Instructions

FlipBoard: Solar Energy

Choose articles to read and/or videos to watch.

Learn more about solar energy.

  • How it is used.
  • Pros and Cons