Offered every Fall: "Meet the Renewables"
This lively, interactive theatrical assembly starts when a producer and game show host from Energy Extravaganza meet a character named Earth. Then they learn about the resources that generate energy for electricity when they meet the "Renewables.” Each renewable energy source takes the form of a character with a bold personality. Hydropower and Wind show how their resource is an input to the BIG System which has an output of electricity. Students also meet the other relatives Solar, Tidal, Geothermal and Biomass. The characters share the benefits about their resource, but are also honest about their personality flaws (challenges) they have. By the end of the show, the characters help everyone realize that the best energy source we have is energy conservation and they challenge students to always use their Common Conservation Sense. And just for fun, everyone gets to review what they’ve learned with the new and improved game show Conservation Sensation!
Time: 45 minutes
- Natural resources are used to generate energy
- Some resources are renewable and some are non-renewable.
- There are several important forms of renewable energy, each with benefits and challenges.
- It is important to conserve energy and there are everyday actions we can all take to conserve.
Vocabulary: Energy, fossil fuel, natural resource, renewable resource, non-renewable resource, hydropower, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy, tidal power, biomass, turbine, generator, transform, system, input, output.
WA State Standards/Curriculum Connections:
- Science EALR 4 – Energy comes in different forms. (PS3A)
- Social Studies EALR 3.2.1 – Understands that people in communities affect the environment as they meet their needs and wants.
- Social Studies EALR 3.2.1 – Understands how the environment affects cultural groups and how cultural groups affect the environment.
- Science EALR 1 – Analyze a system in terms of subsystems functions as well as input and outputs. (SYSA, SYSB, SYSC, SYSD)
- Science EALR 4 – Earth materials are formed by various natural processes and can be used in different ways. (ES2A, ES2B, ES2C, ES2D, ES2E, ES2F)
GRADES 2-5 (included in both)
- Social Studies EALR 2.1 – Understands that people have to make choices between wants and needs and evaluate the outcomes of those choices.
- Social Studies EALR 3.2 – Understands human interaction with the environment.
Environmental and Sustainability Education Curriculum
- Standard 3 – Students develop and apply the knowledge, perspective, vision, skills, and habits of mind necessary to make personal and collective decisions and take actions that promote sustainability.