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Webquests & Web Activities » 8th Grade Alternative Energy WebQuest

Introduction

I need your help in solving a national crisis! Since we are running out of Fossil Fuels, YOUR generation will be greatly affected by this growing energy crisis.

Since you are our country's future leaders, I am turning to you to tell me what you think are the best alternative forms of energy our nation should consider. Remember----along with me, your entire country is depending on you!

 

Sincerely,

 

The President of the United States of America and the United States Department of Energy

 

                                                                                


Task

You will be assigned to a newly created Presidential Task Force. You need to investigate ONE source of energy: Fossil Fuels, Hydro-Power & Ocean, Biomass, Solar, Nuclear, Wind, or Geothermal.

EACH person will have to:

  • RESEARCH your energy source using the Alternative Energy Worksheet (if you lose your copy, you can print another off using the link at the bottom of the page)
  • MEET as a group and come to an agreement about the best information to use for your presentation (your choice of media)

Each Task Force will have to:

  • CREATE a presentation to show the President of the United States.
  • PRESENT your research and then make a recommendation to the president.

**EACH student will be graded using the scoring rubric**


Resources

Fossil Fuels 

Hydro-Power and Ocean      

 

Biomass  

Solar 

Nuclear  

Wind 

Geothermal 


Evaluation

 

Evaluation Item

Beginning

(Fair)

Developing

(Good)

Accomplished

(Great)

Exemplary

(Outstanding)

Score

 

Cooperatively works as a Team Member

Cooperation minimal

Takes little responsibility for completion of project and assigned role.  Has conflicts with peers.

 

4 points

Partial Cooperation

Takes some responsibility for completion of project and assigned role.  Has some difficulty getting along with peers.

 6 points

Cooperates and

Takes responsibility for completion of project and assigned role.  Generally, able to get along with peers.

 

8 points

Total Cooperation

Taking exemplary responsibility for completion of project and assigned role.  Able to get along with peers.

 

10 points

 

 

 

Quality of answers to the Alternative Energy Worksheet

Answers to 1 to 4 questions are supported by pertinent information

 

 4 points

Answers to 5 to 10 questions are supported by pertinent information

 

6 points

Answers to 11 to 15 questions are supported by pertinent information

 

8 points

Answers to 16 or 17 questions are supported by pertinent information

 

10 points

 

 

Quality of Digital Media

 

Information is not presented with enough details or information for chosen energy source. 

8 points

Information is supported by limited information about for chosen energy source.

12 points

Information is supported with enough facts for chosen energy source.

16 points

Information is strongly supported by facts for chosen energy source.

 

20 points

 

Overall Quality of Final Product

Presentation does not hold interest of audience and is less appealing. 

2 point

Presentation is attractive and holds minimal interest of audience.

3 points

Presentation is attractive and holds moderate interest of audience.

4 points

Presentation is attractive and holds high interest of audience.

5 points

 

 

Conclusion

 

  • You will be presenting your findings to the President and his Energy Council. Based on your research and presentation, they will be determining which form of alternative energy will serve the people of this country.
  • The students in class will listen to all the presentations and vote on which form of energy they think should be adopted. The council will take this vote into consideration when making their decision.




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