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WebQuests and Lesson Plans
Whatever you need, from an idea to get you started to a full-blown plan, this section provides you with resources to connect Explore More to your classroom. Do you have a classroom activity to share? We'd love to hear from you. Contact us.

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Web Quests
The World Wide Web can be a very exciting place. It can also be confusing -- full of questionable content, outdated information, and authors who would never qualify as experts. WebQuests are activities that help you make the most out of the best of the World Wide Web. Learn more about WebQuests (http://webquest.sdsu.edu/)

Explore More WebQuests

Subject

Grade

Description

All

6-12

Energy MiniQuest
This short activity is a great way to get your students familiar with the Explore More: The Future of Energy Web site and prepare them to take the other WebQuests. Students need to explore the site to find the answers.

All

6-12

Explore More News (Short Term)
This WebQuest is a problem-solving exercise. Your students play the role of a newspaper reporter for Explore More News. They research an issue that interests them and write one article. This WebQuest works for any of the four topics (genetic engineering, energy, working landscapes, water quality). Plan on at least two class periods to complete this quest.

WebQuest Assessment Rubric (Short Term)
This WebQuest Assessment Rubric and Guide for the short term WebQuest helps students get organized and record their progress. It includes a checklist to record progress and a rubric to evaluate work. Students will learn about an issue related to one of the Explore More Web sites and create one Explore More News newspaper article.

All

6-12

Explore More News (Long Term)
This WebQuest is a problem-solving exercise. Your students play the role of newspaper reporter for Explore More News. They research an issue that interests them and write five articles. When they are finished, the students should have:

- a general news article
- a human interest article
- an issue article
- an editorial
- a letter to the editor

This WebQuest works for any of the four topics (genetic engineering, energy, working landscapes, water quality). Plan on at least four class periods to complete this quest.

WebQuest Assessment Rubric (Long Term)
This WebQuest Assessment Rubric and Guide for the long term WebQuest helps students get organized and record their progress. It includes a checklist to record progress and a rubric to evaluate their work. Students will learn about an issue related to one of the Explore More Web sites and create an Explore More News newspaper section that contains five types of newspaper articles.

Related WebQuests from the Web
(Compiled by Bernie Dodge for the WebQuest Page, San Diego State University: http://webquest.sdsu.edu/)

Subject

Grade

Description

Science

5-8

Electric Energy
Students research the history of energy use, and compare this to contemporary use.
http://www.nashua-plainfield.k12.ia.us/projects/karen/

Science

6-12

Renewable Energy
Students select and research a method of alternative energy.
http://home.att.net/~candlers/energy.htm

Science

6-8

Nuclear Energy: Is it in our Future? You have been asked by the utility company to research this nuclear energy option for our community.
http://edservices.aea7.k12.ia.us/edtech/teacherpages/lgriffin/index.html

Science

9-12

Energy Plan
After individual research and group discussion, students will be able to debate current issues on energy.

http://www.esc20.net/etprojects/formats/webquests/spring2001/taft/energyplan/default.html

Science

9-12

Energy Choices
Students explore benefits and risks of different types of energy.

http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/j/x/jxz8/Student_Webquests/hysick/frameset.htm

Science

9-12

Alternative Energy Sources
Perform a feasibility study for an energy company to find alternatives to fossil fuels.
http://www.dmrtc.net/~embrys/aesindex.htm

Science/Social studies

9-12

Energy Quest
The year is 2050 and the earth has run out of non-renewable energy resources. You must research a renewable resource, write a proposal and make a presentation to the Secretary-General of the UN.
http://www.geocities.com/brookwebquest1/

Social studies

9-12

Gridlock
Explore the causes of gridlock in your community. Identify a specific problem; develop a remedy; submit recommendations to an authoritative body.
http://imet.csus.edu/imet2/stanfillj/projects/grid/intro.htm

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Lesson Plans
Energy Education Curriculum Project

Interdisciplinary Modules for Energy Education: http://www.earth.uni.edu/EECP/index.html

Developed in 1995 by the Center for Energy and Environmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa, this interdisciplinary curriculum collection connects energy issues to science, math, language arts, and social studies for grades 5-8. Funding for these materials was provided by a grant from the Iowa Energy Center.

5th - 6th Grade Modules
Module 1: Iowa's Electric Energy Sources Today

Iowa's Electric Energy Sources Today

Background Information

Mathematics Activities
Estimating How Much Electrical Energy We Use
How Do You Read an Electric Meter?

Science Activities
Investigating Coal and Coal Flowers
Making a Simple Turbine Model
Investigating Water Pressure

Social Studies Activities
Getting To Know Iowa's Power Plants
Where is Coal Found in the United States?
Where Do You Get Your Energy?

Language Arts Activities
Lifestyles and Energy Survey
Burning Coal to Make Electricity
Letter-Writing Activity
Lump of Coal
Energy Listening Activity

Module 2: Using Electricity

Using Electricity

Background Information

Science Activities
All Charged Up
Conductors and Non-Conductors
Circuit Circus

Mathematics Activities
Watts Your Power
Using Tables and Bar Graphs

Social Studies Activities
Life Without Electricity
A Dark Tuesday

Language Arts Activities
Electric Energy and Appliances in the News
Electrical Appliances in Your Home
Energy and Agriculture

Module 3: Alternative Energy Sources in Iowa

Alternative Energy Sources in Iowa

Background Information

Science Activities
Radiation and the Transfer of Energy
Beaufort Wind Scale
The Effect of Concentrating Sunlight

Mathematics Activities
Length of Shadows
Measuring Wind Speed
Wind Vane

Social Studies Activities
Solar and Wind Energy Around the World
Plotting Solar and Wind Data
Mapping Wind Speeds Around Your School

Language Arts Activities
Researching Solar and Wind Energy
Tooning into Renewable Energy Sources

7th - 8th Grade Modules
Module 1: You Make It Happen! Energy Efficiency at Home

Overview of the Module

Science: Home Energy Inventory
Lumen Essence
Slipping Through the Cracks
Watch Your Watts
Be a Waste Watcher
Taking the Message Home

Mathematics: Watts the Charge
Bill Me
What's Your Energy Pattern
Scattergrams
Energy Highs and Lows

Language Arts: Producing an Energy Video Using Persuasive Techniques

Social Studies: Energy and Structures
The Log Home in Iowa
Homes of the Early 1900's
Energy and Structures at Home
Designing Your Home of the Future

Module 2: Energy Conversions

Overview of Module 2

Science: Energy Conversions
Station Break
Energy Diagrams
First Place for Frank's Place?
Charge It!

Mathematics: Energy Conversions - From Food to Fuel
Spending Your Calories
Bite Size Fuel Binge
Energy Packet
The Great "Burn Off"

Social Studies: Energy Conversions From Past to Present
Reading: The Early Years: Wood, Water & Wind
Extra, Extra...Read All About It!
Reading:The Coal Era
Now & Then
Reading: The Age of Oil
Order Please!

Language Arts: Acting on Energy Conversions
Order Please
Energy Milestones in Action

Module 3: Energy and Transportation

Overview of Module 3

Science: Smart Driving
The Pressure's On
Hot and Cold Running Oil
What a Drag
Hop on the Bus, Gus!

Mathematics: Fuelish Choices
There and Back
Take Your Pick
The Class Trip

Language Arts: Don't Let Your Car Make a Fuel Out of You!
Auto Adventure
It All Adds Up
Getting Your Ideas Across on a RAFT

Social Studies: On the Road Again
Trek Iowa
A Trek Back in Time

Module 4: Reducing Our Energy Consumption

Overview of Module 4

Science: Reuse It or Lose It!
Waste Not, Want Not
Those Fabulous Fibers
Paper Perfect
Eco-Nuts

Mathematics: The Pitfalls of Packaging
Fill in the Box
Under Wraps
Wanted: No Waste

Language Arts: Just BeCause: Debating Energy Issues
The Domino Effect
The Missing Link
The Write Effect

Social Studies: How a Bill Becomes a Law
Role Call
How an Idea Becomes a Bill
How a Bill Becomes a Law

Module 5: Global Energy Perspective

Overview of the Module

Science: Global Warming & the Greenhouse Effect
The Greenhouse Experiment
A Lot of Hot Air
It's a Gas
The Greenhouse Puzzle

Mathematics: Greenhouse Gases
Heat Traps
Dear Diary ...
Slowing the Greenhouse Effect

Language Arts: Games Energy Plays
The Great Debate
Energy Pursuit

Social Studies: Energy Trade-Offs
The Trade Game

Energy Education Curriculum Project
Copyright 1995
Center for Energy and Environmental Education
University of Northern Iowa
These materials were funded by a grant from the Iowa Energy Center.

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PBS Teachers

We have selected related resources from the PBS Teachers collection of over 3000 teacher guides, lesson plans, activities, and related programs. Visit the PBS Teachers site to find out more: http://www.pbs.org/teachers/

Subject

Grade

Description

Science

General

The American Experience
Edison's Miracle of Light
Learn how electricity changed American life, and the world.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/edison/

Science

General

Three Mile Island
Explore different sources of energy, disaster preparedness, and the limitations of technology with these activities and discussion questions.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/three/

Science

5-10

The Living Edens
Kamchatka: Gushing With Geysers
Study geyser formation and create a mini-geyser model. http://www.pbs.org/edens/kamchatka/teacher_1.html

Science

General

NOVA
Einstein Revealed
Conduct experiments to detect different types of radiant energy.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/einstein/

Science

General

Special Effects: Going Up?
Make a simple nail board to discover how complex circuits can be developed to include multiple energy sources or multiple loads.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/specialfx/fxguide/fxmshtr2.html

Science

General

Scientific American Frontiers
Science of Sports: Spring Man
Investigate the transformation of muscle energy to heat energy with simple activities
http://www.pbs.org/safarchive/4_class/45_pguides/pguide_405/4545_sm.html

Science

General

Sunrayce '93
Design a lighter-than-air-vehicle that's solar powered.
http://www.pbs.org/safarchive/4_class/45_pguides/pguide_403/4543_sun.html

Science

General

Science of Sports: Speed Sailing
Invent a wind-powered land sailing vessel and test it on a number of courses.
http://www.pbs.org/safarchive/4_class/45_pguides/pguide_405/4545_ss.html

Science

9-12

Tesla
How Do We Convert Electrical Energy Into Mechanical Energy?
Learn how electricity is converted to mechanical energy by studying simple motors

http://www.pbs.org/tesla/tt/tt05.html

Social Studies

General

Six Billion and Beyond
Study Guide
Study the environmental and cultural implications of world population growth through international case studies, debates, and community extension activities

http://www.pbs.org/sixbillion/studyguide/st-about.html




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