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Creating Energy
From Water

 

Subjects

  • Physical Science

Grades

  • 3-5
  • 6-8

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Brief Description

Students learn about hydroelectricity and make a model of a water turbine.

Objectives

Students learn how water can be used to produce electricity.

Keywords

Mississippi River, hydroelectricity, experiment, energy, water

Materials Needed[shopmaterials]

computers with Internet access or printouts from the Web sites referenced in the Lesson Plan section below or other online or print resources, heavy cardboard, corks, tape, straight pins

Lesson Plan

Discuss hydroelectricity with students. Here are some good online resources:

Then help students make models of water turbines by following the directions at Experiment With Water to Produce Energy.

Assessment

Evaluate students on their ability to accurately describe the results of their experiment.

Lesson Plan Source

Education World (with resources from California Energy Commission)

National Standards

Standard Subject:
NS.K-4.1
NS.K-4.2
NS.5-8.1
NS.5-8.2

 

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