Energy Curriculum and Lesson Planning
Science Posse Internet Resources
Patty Nevlin and her students at Techedlab.com were putting together a sustainable energy guide. They found our pages helpful, and suggested that we add this guide on teaching alternative energy.
Information for Educators at GlobalChange.govEnergy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education (Department of Energy) presents energy concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions. The intended audience for this document is anyone involved in energy education. Used in formal educational environments, this guide provides direction without adding new concepts to the educator's curriculum. This guide is not a curriculum, but offers a framework upon which curricula can be based without prescribing when, where, or how content is to be delivered.
U.S. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
EERE provides creative lesson plans and projects for grades K-12 on energy topics including: Biomass, Energy Basics, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Geothermal, Hydropower, Solar, Vehicles, Wind Energy, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
The Environmental Literacy CouncilThe Environmental Literacy Council offers curriculum materials and online resources on topics including electricity, fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and renewable energy.
Department of Energy Office of Fossil EnergySite includes activities, curricular support, and interactive lessons for learning about fossil fuels )coal, oil, and natural gas).
Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)Explore the reviewed collection of educational resources. Learn how you
can build your students' understanding of the core ideas in climate and
Classroom Energy-American Petroleum Institute-The Classroom Energy site offers a lot of information about energy, different forms, how it is produced, and how we use it. The API also offers education materials from lesson plans and online activities.
Society for Petroleum Engineers (SPE)SPE provides online classroom resources, a energy IQ test, and free materials.
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) Energy Kids
Teacher resources including K-12 lesson plans.
NEED%7e National Energy Education Development
The NEED program is a comprehensive energy education curriculum that spans K-12. The mission of the program is to support development of an energy conscious and educated society through the design and implementation of a comprehensive energy education program. *Curriculum materials are available online.
Kentucky Coal EducationProvides multiple links to useful sites related to energy education.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
The site includes online information , a listing of available
professional development opportunities in renewable energies and an
excellent curriculum guide. These lessons could be easily adapted for both higher and lower grades.
14 Common Misconceptions on Electricity
This site is for teachers, as William J. Beaty, University of Washington, defines 14 common misconceptions on electricity.