This activity is about energy and renewable resources. It builds awareness of different energy solutions which will be necessary in the future and is aimed at learners aged ten years and up.

Materials

Energy resources worksheet

Preparation

  • Photocopy of the energy resources worksheet, one per pupil
  • Scissors

Procedure

    • Slowly draw the outline of one of the four natural elements, the sun, water, earth and wind.
    • Ask the children to guess what it is as you draw. Give them five guesses. Repeat the process for each of the four elements.
    • Hand out the energy resources worksheet. Ask the pupils to cut out the images and text as indicated. Ask them to match the energy resource image with the natural element flashcards introduced.
      Wind farm = wind
      Solar panels = sun
      Hydroelectric station = water
      Geothermal pipes = earth
      Note: The pupils may match the fuel energies with the natural elements, and you can let them, then review it later.
    • Categorise. In pairs, ask the pupils to put the energy images in two categories: renewable and non renewable energy. Before they start, explain the difference. Draw a time line; mark a point for the present time and a date for in 50 years time. Explain that some fuels will run out in the next 50 years. Illustrate this by drawing a fossil fuel and put a big cross over it. Tell the class that gas, oil and coal are fossil fuels and they are the ones which will run out.
    • Match. In pairs the pupils match the diagram to the text using all the clues in the diagrams to get meaning from the text. Go round the class checking and helping. Reassure them that they don't need to understand all the words in the text and that a global understanding is enough.
    • Pelmanism. In groups of four, the children turn all their cards face down, taking turns to turn over two cards in order to get a text/diagram pair, e.g. wind farm image and the wind energy text. The pupil who gets the most pairs is the winner.

    Extension

    Pupils use library or internet resources to find out what their local energy resources are.

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    Claudia Richardson
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