Energy and the Environment Learning Circles
INTRODUCTION TO ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Energy and the Environment focuses students' attention on
how our energy needs interact with the stability of our environment. Student
are encouraged to explore the fragile balance between the economics of
modern technology and the health and future of our planet. Student explore
issues from energy consumption to environmental ethics. Working in teams,
students explore the basic forces of nature by sharing local information,
experimental observations, and insights into problems that face us as
we move into the next millennium.
Students work together to publish an issue of the Energy
and Environment Newsletter describing their Learning Circle projects.
The goal of the Learning Circle is to extend the learning that takes place
in the curriculum of each class by exchanging data, analysis and information.
Student are encouraged to sponsor projects that are likely to be affected
by differences in local environmental conditions such as identifying particles
in lakes and streams, measuring the amount of sunlight, and comparing
fuel efficiency and water usage.
Student can also offer ideas for experiments, use of materials
or discuss explanations or interpretations of the findings reported by
one of the Leaning Circle classes. Student can work together to explore
nuclear energy, problems of toxic waste, contamination of ground water,
degradability of different materials, benefits and problems associated
with the use of plastics, and problems caused by agricultural pests and
More information and examples coming soon.
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Written and coded by Margaret Riel based on the Energy and
Environment Learning Circle Curriculum Guide developed for the AT&T
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