Driving or Multi-dimensional Question:
How can we as zoologists assist in removing bats from the endangered species list? What can we as humans do to help?
Students will take a deep dive into what energy is and how water is used as an energy source, and learn the history behind water usage here in Tennessee. Students will create a multi-media presentation explaining the importance of renewable energy derived from water sources, how energy is captured and transferred from the water to usable electricity and whether energy derived from water is sustainable and safe for the environment. Students will then present their information to the class.
6.EE.B.6 Use variables to represent numbers and write expressions when solving a real-world or mathematical problem; understand that a variable can represent an unknown number, or, depending on the purpose at hand, any number in a specified set.
ELA and Other Standards:
6.W.PDW.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization and style are appropriate to task, purpose and audience.
For more information on this lesson please see the Lesson Resources below
|Resources and Materials
|What Is Energy?
Nova Video: What Is Energy?
KWL Organizer for Water:
Hydro Power Video:
|Hydro History in Tennessee
Research a Dam:
Imagine a Career:
How Hydro Power Works:
History of Hydro in Tennessee:
|Effect of Volume on the Force of Water
Hands-on Activity: Effect of Volume on the Force of Water
See Hydroelectric Energy Outline
|Your Water's Health
Arrange a field trip to a local river, stream or irrigation ditch. Or collect water samples from a local body of water in advance for students to analyze in class.
Article: Greenwashing Hydro Power
|Hydro Power Advantages and Disadvantages and Sustainability
Using credible sources, students work in collaborative groups to create a comparison chart that lists the advantages and disadvantages of hydro power and address whether or not this energy source is sustainable.
Do you think electricity derived from water sources is a sustainable and safe way to transfer energy?
|Energy Career Mapping
2. Have each student create a resume to be used to apply for a job in the career he/she has researched using a sample resume format of your choosing. Be sure they list the education requirements, skills, interests and types of tasks/projects their chosen career requires.
Possible Career List:
|Activities Nine & Ten
|Capstone Presentation Activity
Students will create a multi-media presentation explaining the importance of renewable energy derived from water sources, how energy is captured and transferred from the water to usable electricity and whether energy derived from water is sustainable and safe for the environment.
Students will present their information to the class.
How Much Water Do You Use?
Video: How Much Water Do You Use?
|Contribution to Learning Experience
|Local Lake or River Resource Manager’s Office
|Explain water quality and river/stream/lake health for hands-on activities. Arrange field trip for Day 4 activities
|Local to school
|TVA—Powered by People You Know
|Select a relevant hydroelectric engineer or TVA employee to connect with.