Environmental Literacy and Inquiry Working Group, Lehigh University
Activity takes one 45-minute class period.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
This Activity builds on the following concepts of Energy Literacy.
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- Energy is a physical quantity
- Various sources of energy are used to power human activities
- Human use of energy
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- 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.