ERIC Number: ED186315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Energy Dome. Social Studies Packet-Grades 4, 5, 6.
National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
This teacher's guide contains a unit of study for teaching about energy in grades four, five, and six. The guide is self-contained and includes the fact sheets students need to work out the activity problems. The unit is organized around the theme of the domed athletic stadium. The students begin by surveying the energy it takes to travel from their homes to the stadium and to operate all the machines that heat, cool, and light the huge arena. These energy users are then related to the sources from which the energy is refined or processed. After students discover the great variety of direct uses of energy and the growth in the demand for more fossil fuel based power, they turn to a study of different indirect uses of oil for which the plastics industry serves as an example. Artificial turf provides the organizer for this section as students study the processing steps involved in making it. The impact of the gap between U.S. consumption and production of oil and natural gas is explored in a puzzle-like activity which provides students with data and requires that they make personal decisions about conserving our increasingly limited supplies of oil and natural gas. In a concluding unit, students use a set of fact sheets on three alternative energy sources for the future and are asked to make a decision about using high-cost fuel to heat a stadium. Teacher background information on energy is also included in the guide. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Consumer Affairs, Washington, DC.; Department of Energy, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Science Teachers Association, Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see SO 012 550.