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ClimateScience

Grades

3rd, 4th, 5th

Subjects

Science, English Language Arts

Resource Type

  • Lesson Plans, 45 minutes

Regional Focus

Global

Format

PDF

The Energy Storage Problem

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Synopsis
  • This resource is a brainstorming activity for students to analyze the problem of energy storage, which is the biggest issue faced by renewable energy. 
  • The students read the book Sven's Search for Clean Energy and discuss three possible solutions to the energy storage issue.

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This is a good activity for driving innovation and critical thinking.
  • It contains an easy-to-follow teacher guide for steering the class discussion. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • The activity is based on a book, which should be downloaded and printed or made available digitally.
  • To anchor the group discussions better, the teachers should review the suggested solutions provided in the teacher guide.

Differentiation

  • Teachers could structure this as a debate and have groups speak for or against one of the potential solutions. In the end, students could vote for the solution they think is best.
  • Instead of reading the book as a class, it could be read independently or as homework.
  • Teachers could have students write a summary of the solutions discussed or choose one solution to write about persuasively.
  • For more information about this topic, students can watch the video Solving the Storage Problem by NOVA labs.
Scientist Notes
This resource explores renewable energy production, consumption, energy storage potentials of batteries, and its associated economic, social, and environmental impact. Students can innovate solutions for renewable sources that work best at a given spatial location and scale. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 4-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • 3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
      • 3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.3.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing one’s thinking clearly.
      • SL.4.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing one’s thinking clearly.
      • SL.5.1 Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing one’s thinking clearly.
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