Green Energy

Contributor: Roxann Penny. Lesson ID: 12761

You've heard of electrical energy, energy drinks, conserving energy, and youthful energy. Did you know there is something called, "green energy"? Is it made from grass? Learn about renewable sources!


Earth Science

learning style
Kinesthetic, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


You may be wondering, "What do gardening and light bulbs have to do with this lesson?"

Well, consider the term, "green energy." Have you heard this term before? What comes to your mind when you hear this term? In this lesson, you are going to "dig deeper" into understanding the term and how it affects your life.

To begin, take a look at this video presentation by Student Energy and learn what this type of energy is all about. Make a list in your journal or notebook of the six types of green energy, or renewable energy sources, as you view Renewable Energy 101. Read the questions below the video so you can note the answers as you watch:


Now that you have viewed the video presentation, take a look at the list of questions below. Read and discuss each question with your parent or teacher. You may record your discussion notes in a journal or notebook. Later in this lesson, you will use your notes to complete an activity.

Questions to consider:

  1. How is green energy, or renewable energy, defined?
  2. What are the sources of renewable energy?
  3. What type of energy source is nuclear energy?
  4. Why is renewable energy sought after?
  5. What are some of the challenges of renewable energy sources?
  6. "Capital cost" is the term used to describe how much it costs to make or produce something. Why do you think green energy has a high capital cost?
  7. Why do you think green energy is expensive to produce?
  8. What do you think intermittency (in-ter-mit-ten-see) means? You may look up the definition online or in a dictionary if you need help defining this term. Why is intermittency a challenge for green energy production?

Next, select the following flip cards to review some of the facts presented in the video:

After your review, discuss with your parent or teacher whether you think green energy matters, and if so, why. Also, talk about what other challenges you think green energy production may face where you live.

After your discussion, you may continue on to the Got It? section to test your green energy knowledge.

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