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A Student-Developed Lesson Plan for a 4th Grade Energy Module (Resource Exchange)

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Pre-College: Resource Exchange

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Pre-College Engineering Education Division

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Anna Colleen Sage University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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Anna Sage is an undergraduate student majoring in Early Childhood Education in the Honors College at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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John R. Reisel University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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Dr. John R. Reisel is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM). He serves as associate director of the Center for Alternative Fuels and co-director of the Energy Conversion Efficiency Lab. In addition to research into engineering education, his efforts focus on combustion and energy utilization. Dr. Reisel was a 2005 recipient of the UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, a 2000 recipient of the UWM College of Engineering and Applied Science Outstanding Teaching Award, and a 1998 recipient of the SAE Ralph R. Teetor Educational Award. Dr. Reisel received his B.M.E. degree from Villanova University in 1989, his M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1991, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1994.

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An undergraduate student majoring in Early Childhood Education in the School of Education developed this educational module on Sustainable Energy as part of an Honors College course on energy. While the module has yet to be implemented in a classroom, the lesson plans offer the opportunity to help meet new science standards through engaging and thought-provoking activities. Through these lessons, students can gain an early understanding of the effects of their energy uses on the environment, and their overall sustainability.

The module is designed to help schools meet the Next Generation Science Standards. Included are two lesson plans targeted towards students in the 4th grade. One of these plans focuses on exploring energy production and its effects on the environment, while the second targets energy conservation. For each of the lesson plans, the appropriate standard being addressed is identified, the key terminology used in the lessons is defined, and several activities for the students to participate in are described. In addition, for each lesson, the supplemental learning materials are identified, and the means of assessment of the students’ work are described.

For each lesson plan, it is expected that the in-class portion of the lesson will take 5-10 hours, depending on the amount of additional information the teacher wishes to give the students. Each lesson has out-of-class activities that should amount to 1-2 hours of homework over the duration of the lesson.

Sage, A. C., & Reisel, J. R. (2017, June), A Student-Developed Lesson Plan for a 4th Grade Energy Module (Resource Exchange) Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--27516

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