June 24, 2017
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June 28, 2017
Pre-College Engineering Education Division
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.
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