Lesson Plan

The Future of Energy Activity

Problem Bassed Learning Activity in a Student- Centered 1 to 1 Classroom
Steve W.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science

The Problem
In a world of dwindling fossil fuel reserves and climate change, what is the best strategy to ensure we have sustainable energy in our community?

Focus Questions

  • What is the current state of  energy consumption in the United States?
  • How do energy efficiency and conservation impact energy consumption?
  • How does the world power everything?
  • Where does the energy that powers our daily lives come from?
  • Where should we look to in the future for our energy?
  • What combination of efficiency, conservation, and energy resources would you use to power your world?
  • How will you convince someone that your plan / strategy will lead to a sustainable future?
Grades 9 – 12
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook/ Attention Getter - Energy Introduction

1. Show "What is energy video?" from the Introduction Document.
2. Use  BYOT or 1 to 1 devices to  give students a chance to explore National Geographic Energy Challenge Articles.
3. Use "30 Days in a Coal Mine" Documentary to connect to the human cost of energy extraction.
4.  Use BYOT or 1 to 1 devices to give students a chance to explore National Geographic Energy Challenge Photos and Quizzes.
5. Use "American Revealed - Electric Nation" to connect students to the current state of our country's Energy Grid. 
6. Transition to "The Future of Energy" Activity. 

Student Instructions

See attached Energy Introduction

2 The Future of Energy - PBL Activity

1.  Students should work in groups of 2 to 4.
2. Students should have access to online resources>
3. Students should share daily learning using the KWL Chart, Google+, and Twitter.
4. Formative Assessments to check understanding with Kahoot and Give 1 Get 1
4. Final product is a presentation and Q and A session. 

Student Instructions

See attached Future of Energy Activity

3 Additional Resources for Activity