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US Energy Production and Consumption
http://www.ei.lehigh.edu/eli/energy/sequence/day22.html

Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Working Group, Lehigh University

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Teaching Tips

  • The webpages referenced in the instructions can be found here: http://www.ei.lehigh.edu/learners/energy/. Please request the password from the developers to access the assessments.
  • This lesson could be used as a platform to launch into other more complex issues associated with US renewable and nonrenewable energy sources that are provided within this entire curriculum. This lesson is a great starting point.

About the Science

  • The data used is from 2006 and 2007. Educator might want to use more current data when implementing in the class.
  • The states examined are California, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington.
  • Comment from expert scientist: Identifying the key components to different forms of energy -- production, consumption, and distribution patterns, are explained in good way.

About the Pedagogy

  • This lesson is from a 6-week instructional sequence on energy resources. The entire sequence can be found here: http://www.ei.lehigh.edu/eli/energy/sequence/index.html.
  • Students examine the US energy production and consumption charts to draw conclusions.
  • The paper and pencil exercise, although simple in design, encourages students to take the time to analyze and explore both renewable and nonrenewable energy sources within the US.

Technical Details/Ease of Use

  • Handouts and reading assignments are provided for students.
  • A PowerPoint presentation supplying background information on the topic is also available and can be printed out in PDF form.

Next Generation Science Standards See how this Activity supports:


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