ERIC Number: ED157818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
An Energy History of the United States. Grades 8-9. Interdisciplinary Student/Teacher Materials in Energy, the Environment, and the Economy.
National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
This instructional unit contains eight classroom lessons dealing with a history of energy in the United States for use in grade eight and nine social studies, science, and mathematics courses. The lessons were developed by teachers. The overall objective is to help students understand the present necessity to reexamine and perhaps alter our present energy patterns. Students study about the impact that the different types of energy used from colonial times to the present have had on U.S. culture and learn about the physical properties of wood, coal, and oil, particularly about the ability of these substances to give heat. The activities in which students are involved include answering questions based on short reading selections; gathering and interpreting materials from a picture; comparing the uses of energy by a colonial farm family and by a family of today; constructing a can calorimeter; learning how to determine the energy content of wood; applying the principles of scientific motivation to energy data; constructing and interpreting graphs; making a model of a steam turbine; and learning how to determine the heat content of oil. The amount of time needed to teach each lesson varies from one to four classroom periods. Each lesson is self-contained, and includes instructions for the teacher and student materials. The eight lessons are organized into three units: (1) America's Wooden Age (1650-1820); (2) The Coming of Coal (1840-1920); and (3) Oil: Bright Promise (1880-present). (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Energy, Energy Conservation, Grade 8, Grade 9, Interdisciplinary Approach, Lesson Plans, Mathematics, Natural Resources, Sciences, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Teacher Developed Materials, United States History, Units of Study
U.S. Department of Energy, Technical Information Office, P.O. Box 62, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 (free, paper cover)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental and Institutional Relations (DOE), Washington, DC. Education, Business and Labor Affairs.
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
Note: For related documents, see SO 011 027-030 ; Best copy available