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Energy Curriculum and Lesson Planning

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Patty Nevlin and her students at 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
Energy 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 Council
The 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 Energy
Site 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 energy science.
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 Education
Provides 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. 
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