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Lesson Plan 2: Energy and the Environment


This is a sample of how a lesson on energy and the environment might be presented, with suggested follow-ups.

Learning Objectives

Developing knowledge in pupils of

the natural and made worlds in which they live
the complex interdependence between the various types of system - physical, biological and societal - that make up the world
the potential of developments in science and/or technology to change the physical, social and cultural environment for good or ill

Developing skills of enquiry, analysis and communication:
being able to research, discuss and share information about social, political and community issues
being able to contribute to debates and discussions in ways that are both assertive and respectful of others' contributions
ICT skills, including finding and handling information
the developing capacity to imagine alternative realities and futures that could benefit society and the environment

Differentiation
Will affect which items from the pack are used with the class and the level of the suggested activities (see below).

Introduction
Pin up Poster 2 in the classroom, hand out Factsheets 2, 3 and 4. Give a brief account of the current energy crisis and the main types of energy production (nuclear, renewable, non-renewable).

Main Part
Divide the class into groups and ask each group to rate the different types of energy production listed in each factsheet according to (i) impact on the environment (ii) risk to health and safety (iii) sustainability, grading each as high, medium, low.
Plenary
Bring the class together to find out the results. These could be written down on a flipchart and the flipchart pages then used to grade the various energy sources overall (those with most highs at the top and most lows at the bottom).

Follow-up

Posters: class to produce posters based on the lesson showing how the different sources of energy were graded
Mock campaign: scenario: a new windfarm is to be built in the area. Class to mount a mock campaign against it (or two groups, one campaigning against, one in support)
Local developments: if a new windfarm is proposed in the area, class to research how it is being regarded by the community, be encouraged to attend any public meetings etc

Resources Cross curricular links
Factsheets 2, 3 and 4 Modern Studies
Poster 2 Geography
English
Other resources could include:
Article 2

page last updated 31 May 2006

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