You, Me, and Energy Makes Three!

Thelia Stevens, Fifth Grade, Oaklawn Language Academy

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Energy is all around us! This curriculum unit provides students with the understanding that energy cannot be destroyed, but changed from one form to another. The students will not only explore how energy can be transferred from one object to another, they will also study and participate in activities bringing about a closer look into solar, wind, and hydropower energy as renewable energy sources. Given these sources offer many advantages for their optimal use, society has discovered some controversial disadvantages that still beg the question of whether or not investment of financial and capital resources should be placed into the alternatives for certain areas of the country. As the students explore these ideas surrounding the topic of energy, they will be able to get a bird’s eye view of what all this means in their own lives as they build their own solar oven, discover how wind farms provide the means for electricity, and use a model of a water wheel to simulate the power of powerful, rushing water transforming itself into electricity via a hydroelectric power plant built near a river. The students and their families will prepare some of their hands-on projects at home for subsequent display and oral presentations. Additionally, the students will prepare a Power Point presentation about the different sources of energy and present their presentations in class for their peers and parents whom we will invite to our classroom.