Wind Power L1

Lesson plan for Wind Energy, for Tuesday, May 18

Enduring Understandings

Wind is a renewable energy source that can be used to meet (some) of our energy needs
There are both advantages and disadvantages for wind energy

Essential Questions

How does wind energy work?
How can we use wind power for energy?
What are the advantages of wind energy?

Knowledge Outcomes

Students will know and see how the wind can be used as energy to do work
Students will know how wind energy can be used to meet some of the world's energy needs

Skill Outcomes

Students will know how to put together a model wind turbine

Activities

Transition: Students are transitioning from Guided Reading, they will need their meaning making journals
Hook: Who can remember some of the advantages and disadvantages of wind power.
  • We will be conducting a wind experiment outdoors, the wind forecast is windy for Tuesday afternoon (tell Vicky that 5th grade is outside)
  • We will be in the same science groups
  • We only have one experiment, so we will all have to take observation notes while Miss R or Mrs. Woods holds the model wind turbine
In the classroom:
  • In your MMJ, write a prediction: What will happen if we take the model wind turbine outside, with the bottle attached to it? (I want to leave it open so you can choose the different variables that might affect the experiment. If one of your questions is: how full is the bottle? You get to choose. You can predict different levels of wind, etc...
  • Turn to a new page and make a T chart with "Claims" written on one side, and "Evidence" written on the other
  • When we get outside, your only task is to write down what you observe. You should be using diagrams, illustrations, labels, claims, evidence
  • Hand out directions sheet with questions.
  • When you are done with your observation, you can answer the questions that I will be holding. Please fold this piece of paper securely in your MMJ. I should see zero papers flying around.
  • Have students quickly recap the directions and read the questions.
  • Choose one student to bring down the experiment (or Mrs. Woods)
  • One person holds the experiment (me or Mrs. Woods)
  • Students begin their observation. The broom position or amount of water in the bottle may change, which means I will have to bring a full water bottle outside with me.
Wrap-up:
  • Based on our experiment, what are some challenges that you think all wind turbines face?


Wind Power L2

Comparing renewable energy with fossil fuels?
Talking about wind and hydro power together?
Lesson plan for Wind Energy, for Tuesday, May 25

Enduring Understandings

Renewable energy sources exist as an alternative/supplement to fossil fuels
There are both challenges and benefits to using fossil fuels/renewable energy

Essential Questions

What are the differences between fossil fuels and renewable energy?

Knowledge Outcomes

Students will know and see how the wind can be used as energy to do work
Students will know how wind energy can be used to meet some of the world's energy needs

Skill Outcomes

Students will know how to put together a model wind turbine

Activities

Transition: Students are transitioning from Guided Reading, they will need their meaning making journals
Hook: Who can remember some of the advantages and disadvantages of wind power.
  • We will be conducting a wind experiment outdoors, the wind forecast is windy for Tuesday afternoon (tell Vicky that 5th grade is outside)
  • We will be in the same science groups
  • We only have one experiment, so we will all have to take observation notes while Miss R or Mrs. Woods holds the model wind turbine
In the classroom:
  • In your MMJ, write a prediction: What will happen if we take the model wind turbine outside, with the bottle attached to it? (I want to leave it open so you can choose the different variables that might affect the experiment. If one of your questions is: how full is the bottle? You get to choose. You can predict different levels of wind, etc...
  • Turn to a new page and make a T chart with "Claims" written on one side, and "Evidence" written on the other
  • When we get outside, your only task is to write down what you observe. You should be using diagrams, illustrations, labels, claims, evidence
  • Hand out directions sheet with questions.
  • When you are done with your observation, you can answer the questions that I will be holding. Please fold this piece of paper securely in your MMJ. I should see zero papers flying around.
  • Have students quickly recap the directions and read the questions.
  • Choose one student to bring down the experiment (or Mrs. Woods)
  • One person holds the experiment (me or Mrs. Woods)
  • Students begin their observation. The broom position or amount of water in the bottle may change, which means I will have to bring a full water bottle outside with me.
Wrap-up:
  • Based on our experiment, what are some challenges that you think all wind turbines face?