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What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Energy Resources? (Renewable Energy #3)

Grade Level Grades 3-5
Resource Type Lesson Plan
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, State-specific

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This lesson introduces students to renewable and nonrenewable energy resources. Students read about an energy resource, complete a graphic organizer, explain to their classmates why their energy resource is the best, and vote for their favorite type of energy. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students practice turning their energy on and off with a mindfulness exercise.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students read a nonfiction book on a specific type of energy and take notes in a graphic organizer.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students "pitch" their energy resource in a mock town hall, hoping to gain the most votes from their classmates to adopt their energy resource. Students vote for their favorite energy to decide a winner.

Standards

Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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