## Wind Energy Lesson 2:

Investigating Nonrenewable and Renewable Energy (Middle School)

In this session students will engaged in scientific inquiry.

Learning Targets: I can…

Class Materials

Objectives

Investigation 2Lesson 2 PowerPoint slides

Give students the Energy Investigation handout, and ask them to research the questions listed on it.

Ask students to divide into two groups, whereas one group researches nonrenewable energy and the other group researches renewable energy.

Sharing with PartnerAt the mid-point, have individual students from each group pair share what they learned with one another. In essence, the students are learning and teaching one another, as you provide encouragement and clarify questions.

Write down the main points of learning (sheet of poster paper or in a power point poster).

Whole-Class ReviewFacilitate a whole-class review of their research findings to identify each of the types of energy, and how they are used to power different things.

Make connections to Session 1, emphasizing electricity generation and consumption. Electrical energy that is produced has to meet the needs of what is to consume it. Can students think of any examples?

Calculate Electricity Generation and ConsumptionIn this activity, students learn how to measure energy generation and consumption. Have students considered all of the appliances, bulbs, entertainment devices, and so on that are used at home. Reflect back to the "Energy Consumption Inventory" that they performed in Session 1. Economic and resource impacts are the guideposts.

Now that students have compared and contrasted nonrenewable and renewable energy types and discovered how to calculate electrical energy generation and consumption, give students the "Energy Production and Consumption" handout to complete as a paired activity.

(Use map)Students have an opportunity to apply this knowledge to state-based connections.

Complete the math lesson on unit conversion found here: http://www.kidwind.org/PDFs/SUPPORT_Math_Units.pdf

Homework

A US Department of Energy resource. This site provides a wealth of information for both teachers and students to explore. It is a great starting point to introduce for a teacher guided web quest with the students.

http://techReach.edublogs.org

On this site the students are able to post comments and respond to other students’ comments.

http://www.kidwind.org/students_teachers/powerpoints_teachers.php

http://www.kidwind.org/PDFs/LESSON_energynotions.pdf

These two sites contain several PowerPoint slides on wind energy that may be useful for use in your classroom. They can provide background information or as reference guide for students. Some have been created by KidWind, or their event speakers, and others have been found on the Internet.

Lesson 2 AssessmentFormative

Learning Targets: I can…

- Investigate nonrenewable and renewable energy.
- Interact with and utilize online resources as they compare and contrast.
- Become familiar with energy terminologies.Uncover ideas about energy through hands-on experiences.

Class Materials

- Printed copies of the "Energy Investigation" handout
- Printed copies of "Energy Production and Consumption" hand out
- Calendar (optional)
- Collect cameras (optional) to gather images of the activities.

**What do we mean by nonrenewable and renewable energy?**Objectives

**Students Will…**- Identify, compare, and contrast types of nonrenewable and renewable energy.
- Interact with online resources to investigate (local) energy production.
- Become familiar with energy terminology (watts, kilowatts, kilowatt-hours).
- Develop and conduct a community survey.

**I can…**- Identify, compare and contrast nonrenewable and renewable energy.
- Use online resources to investigate energy production.
- Become familiar with the terms (Watts, Kilowatts and Kilowatt hours).
- Develop and conduct a school community survey.

**In a sharing circle:**- Ask students to share what they learned about energy in Lesson 1.
- Provide opportunities for documenting (pictures, videos, audio) activities.

Investigation 2Lesson 2 PowerPoint slides

Give students the Energy Investigation handout, and ask them to research the questions listed on it.

Ask students to divide into two groups, whereas one group researches nonrenewable energy and the other group researches renewable energy.

Sharing with PartnerAt the mid-point, have individual students from each group pair share what they learned with one another. In essence, the students are learning and teaching one another, as you provide encouragement and clarify questions.

Write down the main points of learning (sheet of poster paper or in a power point poster).

Whole-Class ReviewFacilitate a whole-class review of their research findings to identify each of the types of energy, and how they are used to power different things.

Make connections to Session 1, emphasizing electricity generation and consumption. Electrical energy that is produced has to meet the needs of what is to consume it. Can students think of any examples?

Calculate Electricity Generation and ConsumptionIn this activity, students learn how to measure energy generation and consumption. Have students considered all of the appliances, bulbs, entertainment devices, and so on that are used at home. Reflect back to the "Energy Consumption Inventory" that they performed in Session 1. Economic and resource impacts are the guideposts.

- Have each student in Group 1 represent 100 watts. (Group holds light bulb)
- Have each student in Group 2 represent one hour per day.(Group holds clock)
- Have each student in Group 3 represent a number of days.(Group holds calendar)
- Have the whole class determine the kWh.

Now that students have compared and contrasted nonrenewable and renewable energy types and discovered how to calculate electrical energy generation and consumption, give students the "Energy Production and Consumption" handout to complete as a paired activity.

(Use map)Students have an opportunity to apply this knowledge to state-based connections.

Complete the math lesson on unit conversion found here: http://www.kidwind.org/PDFs/SUPPORT_Math_Units.pdf

Homework

- Guide student teams through the development of school community survey on energy uses and costs. Students can ask their parents to allow them to review their electric costs for the last three months. This is an ongoing student driven activity with teacher facilitating and guiding analysis and reporting of survey results.
- Have students post their reflection and Blog post on renewable and nonrenewable energy.
- Ask students to take an inventory of the energy use at home (count number of bulbs, the wattage, for how long to help them understand how much energy is used in their homes each day.

- Post reflection comments related to session activities
- View what students are posting from other TechReach clubs
- Reflect on all of the things they experienced throughout the unit

- Instructor Guide: (PDF) This guide provides an overview of the unit’s purpose, including its goals and objectives, a suggested schedule, and supplemental information to guide the activities.
- Wind Energy Student Handouts: The handouts are specific to each session and their respective activities.
- PowerPoint Presentations: For your convenience, a PowerPoint presentation is available for each session to help you facilitate the activities. Along with the activities listed in the Instructor Guide, you will see an icon, or icons, for suggested student participation on each PowerPoint slide. Activities are flexible and can be done as:
- Individual Activity
- Paired Activity
- Whole Group Activity

A US Department of Energy resource. This site provides a wealth of information for both teachers and students to explore. It is a great starting point to introduce for a teacher guided web quest with the students.

http://techReach.edublogs.org

On this site the students are able to post comments and respond to other students’ comments.

http://www.kidwind.org/students_teachers/powerpoints_teachers.php

http://www.kidwind.org/PDFs/LESSON_energynotions.pdf

These two sites contain several PowerPoint slides on wind energy that may be useful for use in your classroom. They can provide background information or as reference guide for students. Some have been created by KidWind, or their event speakers, and others have been found on the Internet.

Lesson 2 AssessmentFormative

- Teacher observations and provide feedback to students as they engage in the activities.
- Review the probe on energy transformation.

- Give students the "Energy Production and Consumption" handout to complete as a paired activity.
- Students may also use the handout as a conversation guide with their partner to evaluate what they learned in the activity.
- Provide feedback to students as they engage in this activity and clarify any questions as students complete the worksheet.
- Score students calculations of electrical energy and provide opportunities for class discussion.
- Score students’ survey instrument.