To complete this task, you are going to work with an assigned partner. See your teacher if you do not know who your partner is.
Step 1: Start by reviewing what you know about earth's resources and energy. Check the notes that you have from class and the assignments you have completed. If you need help, see the video in the resources section below.
Step 2: You and your partner are going to gather information on renewable and non-renewable energy. Each partner will gather information about one of the two types of energy (resources provided below). Take notes about the type of energy you are investigating to share with your partner. Your notes should include:
- definition of the type of energy
- examples and nonexamples
- reasons why this type of energy may be good
- reasons why this type of energy may be bad
- any other information you think may be important to making your decision.
Step 3: Once you and your partner have gathered enough information, you must share your findings with one another. Together, you must decide which type of energy you think would be best for the new Justin Elementary School.
Step 4: Once you and your partner have decided between renewable and non-renewable energy for the new school, you must choose a specific source of energy for the school. With your partner, use the resources provided below to investigate the different options you have. Take some notes about each option, gathering similar information as you did for the two broad types (definitions, pros/cons, etc.). Use this information to help you decide what specific source of energy would be best for the new school. Be sure to consider the environment when making this decision. For example, solar energy is not reliable in an area that is usually cloudy and rainy.
Step 5: Now that you've decided on a type of energy and a specific source, you must consider how the students and staff at the school can conserve energy. In class, you have learned about the importance of conserving energy. For review, you can see the resource provided below. Using the other resources provided for this step as inspiration, brainstorm with your partner. Try to think of ways for the whole school to participate in conserving energy. Narrow down your brainstorm to 3 great ideas for conserving energy.
Step 6: Now it is time to present your ideas. You and your partner must create a presentation for Principal Powers. Your presentation can be a speech, PowerPoint, poster board, or anything else that you think will help you make your argument.
Start your presentation with explaining the type of energy you chose for Justin Elementary School...
- First, define the type of energy you chose and provide at least 3 reasons for making your decision.
- Next, you need to explain the source you chose for the energy. Again, provide at least 3 reasons for your decision.
Continue your presentation by explaining the energy conservation ideas you have for the students and staff at the new school.
- First, explain why it is important to conserve energy (provide 3 reasons).
- Next, explain 3 ideas for conserving energy at the new school.
Finally, end your presentation by quickly summarizing your presentation and explaining to Principal Powers why she should follow your recommendation.
If you an your partner would like, you may split up the tasks for the presentation, with one of you working on the first section and one of you working on the second section. Just be sure that you BOTH understand and agree on all aspects of the presentation.
Renewable energy information: https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/?page=renewable_home
Non-renewable energy information: https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/?page=nonrenewable_home
***These sites also contain links to the specific types of energy that fall under each category. These links, along with the resources below, may help you with step 4.
Renewable energy: https://phys.org/news/2015-06-renewable-energy.html
Non-renewable energy: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/non-renewable-energy/
Ohio's energy: https://www.puco.ohio.gov/be-informed/consumer-topics/how-does-ohio-generate-electricity/
Why conserve energy?: http://legendpower.com/uncategorized/why-conserve-energy/
How to conserve energy: http://www.ase.org/resources/energy-saving-tips-schools