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Wind Energy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

Students use electricity all the time, but do they understand where it comes from? This lesson plan utilizes a written lesson, a short video, and homemade model of a wind turbine to teach students about wind energy.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe how wind energy is harnessed to create electricity
  • state the major pros and cons of using wind energy
  • demonstrate how wind energy can be utilized to create work

Length

1-1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.3

Follow precisely a complex multi-step procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.9

Compare and contrast findings presented in a text to those from other sources (including their own experiments), noting when the findings support or contradict previous explanations or accounts.

Materials

  • Copies of the lesson What is Wind Energy?
  • Image of a wind farm
  • Construction paper or card stock, cut into squares of various sizes
    • 3in x 3in
    • 5in x 5in
    • 7in x 7in
    • 10in x 10in
  • Scissors
  • Tacks
  • Hole punch
  • Straws, cut in half
  • Wooden dowels or barbecue skewers
  • Rubber bands
  • String, cut into 20in lengths
  • 3oz paper cups

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