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Earth's Energy Sources (pre-assessment)

Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

Energy Resources

Begin a class discussion about sources of energy and energy use. Ask questions such as, What is the source of energy for your family’s car? What about for your computer? Where do get the energy we need? 

To build awareness, have students identify the many different ways in which they rely on energy each day. Follow by asking, Do you think our uses of energy affect the environment? Tell students that they will have opportunities to discover the answers to these and other questions over the next several weeks. Challenge them to think about how we can protect Earth’s environment.


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Numbers: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education