Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Energy Sources, and supports the standard of describing natural energy and fuel sources, and how their use impacts the environment. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Turn the classroom light off, then back on. Ask students:”Where does this energy come from?”

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Did You Know?” or “Discoveries and Inventions.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create an advertisement for a specific renewable energy source. Explain why it is better than other energy sources. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying the pros and cons of different energy sources. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a game challenging players to sort different energy sources by renewable and non-renewables. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about energy sources. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • How might scientists and engineers continue to address problems associated with certain energy sources? 
  • How can individuals support clean energy usage in everyday life? 

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Energy Sources quiz

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Continue exploring energy with more topics in BrainPOP’s Energy Unit

Energize learning with BrainPOP’s Current Electricity and Natural Resources sorting games, or an interactive Oil Production data simulation.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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