The activity "Evaluating Other Energy Sources" is the fourth in a series of five lessons in the High-Adventure Science Energy Module “What Are Our Energy Choices?” Students use real-world data to evaluate the costs and benefits of using natural gas, coal, biomass, nuclear, wind, hydropower, and solar power for generating electricity. After a short class discussion of the effect on the environment of extracting energy resources, students work on a computer in small groups examining data and entering their answers to questions. Students access the online lesson at http://authoring.concord.org/sequences/123/activities/598?show_index=true. The link to this lesson is provided within the National Geographic lesson. The lesson cannot be downloaded so student access to computers is necessary for the lesson.
Teachers can access and save students' data for online grading through a link on the High-Adventure Science portal page https://has.portal.concord.org/?prioritize=109&priority_type=external_activity.
A link to the Teacher’s Guide with answers to the questions can be found on this website once a teachers has registered with High-Adventure Science.
This is Activity 4 in a unit of five lessons. The first lesson explores electricity, the second focuses on extracting natural gas from shale, the third evaluates the use of natural gas, and the fifth focuses on energy efficiency in homes.
The author suggests the activity takes one class period to complete, but it may take longer depending on the class discussion.