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Renewable and Non-Renewable Energy

Energy is an essential part of our daily lives, but the resources that power the Earth are being threatened. In this lesson, students learn about renewable and non-renewable resources, including those that need protection.
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Students will be able to differentiate between renewable and non-renewable resources. Students will be able to classify resources as renewable or non-renewable.


(10 minutes)
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  • Begin the lesson by flipping off the light in your classroom. Explain that in a world without energy, many of the things we depend on every day—including lights, cars, washing machines, and phones—would not exist.
  • Ask the class to explain what the word energy means. After some discussion, explain that energy refers to the power created by the use of resources.
  • Prompt the class to guess what the word renewable means. Explain that renewable refers to something that can be replaced.
  • Ask for a volunteer to tell you what the word non-renewable means, based on the use of the prefix non. If no one correctly defines it, explain that non-renewable refers to something that can't be replaced.