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Renewable Energy

High School Science

General Info

Created ByChris Willems
SchoolHigh School
LocationNew Haven, CT

About the Lesson

Subject Area
Lesson/UnitRenewable Energy

Using the QFT

Place in the Unit/LessonBeginning
Brief description of the unitIn this unit we explore the challenge of global warming. We look for solutions to this dire threat to our species.
Final QFocusRenewable energy sources should replace fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas.

Student Work

Student Questions

Priority questions in bold

Group 1

  1. Does hydroelectric energy require clean water in order to run?
  2. Is renewable energy expensive?
  3. Why can’t we use renewable energy as much as we use coal and oil?

Group 2

  1. What would the benefit be into replacing the fossil fuels with renewable?
  2. What is a fossil fuel?
  3. Are fossil fuels created by material that used to be living things?

Group 3

  1. Does it cost more to use renewable sources and if so by how much?

  2. What was the first newable source?

  3. How many households in CT use renewable sources?

Group 4

  1. What’s the cheapest renewable energy source and why?
  2. How do these renewable energy sources benefit the environment?
  3. What do each of these energy sources do?

Group 5

  1. How much does it cost to have solar energy in normal houses?
  2. Is renewable energy weaker than unrenewable energy?
  3. What can average people do to save the world from fossil fuels?

Group 6

  1. Will it reduce global warming?
  2. Will windmills work?
  3. How long will it take for the resource to work?

Group 7

  1. What is carbon?
  2. How much carbon is too much carbon?
  3. What are the three main numbers in “Do the Math”?

Group 8

  1. Which energy source is proven to be one of the most resourceful?
  2. When was renewable energy first officially used?
  3. Which is most expensive: renewable energy sources or fossil fuels?

Group 9

  1. Will it help the environment?
  2. Is it a good thing or a bad thing?
  3. How will it help?

Group 10

  1. What happens if we run out of coal/oil from using too much?
  2. What if too much water causes the hydroelectric to flood, what happens to the power?
  3. How is oil harmful to the earth if it comes from the earth?

Group 11

  1. How do you make oil?
  2. How do you get energy from water?
  3. Why were people given jobs to work with oil?

Group 12

  1. How do you know the energy is renewable?
  2. Is there a need to find alternative energy source to replace fossil fuels?
  3. Would replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy help the environment?

Group 13

  1. What are the advantages of renewable energy sources over fossil fuels?
  2. What are the disadvantages of renewable energy sources over fossil fuels?
  3. Do you think renewable energy sources should replace fossil fuels?

Group 14

  1. Is there/will there be a solution to the 15 year pollution danger?

Group 15

  1. What is a fossil fuel?
  2. Why do we use fossil fuels?
  3. What will happen if we use too much fossil fuel?

Group 16

  1. What will happen if the world temperature goes past 2 degrees Celcius?
  2. What are renewable resources?
  3. How can we replace oil with renewable energy?

Group 17

  1. Is there a more efficient way of getting energy?
  2. Will we die from this?
  3. Is this affecting the human body right now?

Group 18

  1. Where do you get coal from?
  2. Why do people get fined for littering?
How did Students Use their Questions

Students were challenged to create a solar cooker that would melt chocolate for a s’more.

What were your prioritization instructions?

Categorize questions in closed or open-ended.

Teacher Reflections

I have spent a lot of time refining my use of the QFT process. It works well for me because I have read the entire book, taken notes, and applied them to the handouts that guide the process.

My next goal is to make a stronger connection between the questions students generate and the product they create to demonstrate their learning.

I will spend more time working on the design of the final product.