Use criteria and scientific evidence to decide which method to generate electricity is the greenest.
Your students will rank four types of electricity generation from the most to the least green. After developing criteria for a green method of generating electricity, students use scientific information about each method to revisit and refine their initial rankings.
As a thought starter, this activity is designed to help reveal students’ understandings, beliefs, and/or misconceptions about the various impacts of methods used to generate electricity.
If necessary, assist students in reading and reviewing the handouts to ensure the scientific terminology, symbols, and notations are understood.
Throughout the activity, assess your students’ abilities to:
Use the criteria to plan, select, and use the most reliable method for a scientific inquiry.
What does it mean to think sustainably?
What’s the relationship between climate change and the health of water?
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