Energy Unit Resources


PBIS Wave Energy Reading Activity- It Says, I Know, And So...

Reading Link:
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  • Characteristics of Waves: pgs. 165-170
  • Sound: pgs. 156-161, 171-174
  • Light: pgs. 182, 184, 193-196

Purpose: Analyze and compare 3 main topics …
  1. Wave Characteristics
  2. Sound
  3. Light

Task: Create space for a one pager in your journal (front & back) to take notes on each of the three topics above.

Activity: Write notes in each of the following categories for each of the topics above as you read.

It Says… (understanding from text)
- Document new learning from what you read about each topic
- Tip- use the stop and think questions to guide your thinking, but don’t stop there if you want comprehensive notes.
- Lots of facts documented from book

I know… (background knowledge)
- Based on your notes & reading, pull from background information and previous life experiences to make connections to the topic
- Some things explained from your memory of previous events and background knowledge

And so… (inferences & new judgements)
- Make an inference and take a stab at some new learning that could result from combining the “It Says” and “I know” sections.
- One or two new ideas that you thought about

Challenge: You must decide which topic to categorize each note in the “It Says…” section.


Kinard Middle School Energy Notes -

Energy Resources - Reflection Questions

  1. What is the most common resource used in the USA to meet our ELECTRICAL energy needs?
  2. What is the source of Kinard's electrical energy?
  3. What aspect of Kinard is the biggest contributing factor that minimizes our use of electricity at school?
  4. What is the source of Kinard's heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC)?
  5. What is the most common resource used in the USA to meet our heating energy needs (HVAC)?
  6. What aspects of Kinard are the biggest contributing factor to our insulation and energy efficiency?
  7. By turning on the lights in your home, what effect does it have on our air?
  8. List the three primary types of fossil fuels we use to obtain energy.
  9. Are fossil fuels renewable?
  10. List three primary examples of renewable energy sources.
  11. Does the world consume more energy from renewable or non-renewable sources and why?
  12. What percent of energy is used to power buildings, transportation, and industry in the United States?
  13. True or False: Buildings use more energy than people.
  14. What is the correlation between human population and energy consumption in the world?
  15. What is the breakdown of energy sources used in the United States and do we consume more or less energy per person compared with the world average?

Helpful Links

Department of Energy - Kids
World Meters
Global Energy Mix Interactive
World Mapper
Surface Area Required to Fuel the World (Solar/Wind)
Fracturing - Energy From Shale (Pro)
Oil Shale Fracturing (Con)
Fracturing in Colorado (Con)
Oil Shale Fracturing in CO
Measuring Energy (KWh)

Global Energy Crisis Online Discussion

Participate in an online energy discussion post and gain perspective from other classmates.

How do you get started?
First log in to wikispaces after creating an account user name and password. Then, go to the discussion tab above and voice your opinion regarding important energy questions that are happening in our global community.

How will you be graded?
In order to receive full credit on this assignment, you must post a thoughtful comment or reflection that demonstrates your understanding/beliefs in each of the following discussion threads: (5 posts total = full credit)

  1. What energy solutions can you think of for a world that will increase its population by a billion people over the next 10 years?
  2. What small things can people do to make a big difference in global energy problems?
  3. Is human-kind’s actions and economic decisions contributing to global climate change? If so, what can we do to fix it? Is it too late?
  4. Express your thoughts or concerns with the idea that the world population is growing at an alarming rate. We are expected to have another BILLION people inhabiting the planet by 2020.
  5. Reflect on what you read in the above discussion forums and share your gained perspective demonstrating what you learned from this exercise. You must list at least 3 things you learned to earn full credit.

Please Only Vote Once!
To view the results just click on "the vote & see results" button below without selecting a choice

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