This interdisciplinary curriculum unit from the National Energy Education Development Project provides 11 complete lessons for teaching about hydropower and conversion of moving water to electrical energy. The resource includes every component required for immediate classroom use: lesson plans, illustrated lab procedures, rubric, pre and post-test assessments, age-appropriate background information, worksheets, graphics for classroom projection, and student guidebooks. Each investigation requires students to first read about the topic in "infobooks" (included in the materials), then make predictions, complete the lab, record data, and write a conclusion. Summary of key ideas: What Is Energy: The Basics of Energy Forms Magnets, Compasses and Magnetic Fields Electromagnets Explorations History of Hydropower and Dams Kinetic and Potential Energy in Moving Water Energy Transformations in a Hydropower Dam The Science of Electricity: A Middle School Primer Careers in the Hydropower Industry Note: This evaluation is focused on NGSS connections in this resource to Middle School Physical Science: Energy and Middle School.Physical Science: Forces & Interactions. The resource covers numerous additional NGSS core ideas in Earth Systems, Natural Resources, and Human Sustainability (within the Earth and Space Science section of the NGSS).
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