The reading for the lesson is from July 4, 2004 from the
NY Times. The information provided should be appropriate
for a very long time. It discusses the importance of
energy in fueling a growing economy, showcased by China
and the problems they face with their incredible economic
growth. It also mentions the environmental problems that
are beginning to surface due to their growth with little
Purpose – This
lesson serves as an engagement lesson for the threaded
big idea of the entire quarter. Our economy
and society is completely dependent upon energy, yet our
energy consumption leads to environmental health concerns.
We must find a way to balance both of these concerns.
Students will be able to:
1. Articulate a connection between energy consumption and
2. Articulate a connection between energy consumption and
3. Ask questions and begin to formulate possible responses
concerning how the nature of pollution is produced from
energy production, what health effects it has, and how
we can minimize both.
Science Education Standard:
Content Standard E- Understandings about Science and Technology
Science and technology are pursued for different purposes. Scientific inquiry
is driven by the desire to understand the natural world, and technological
design is driven by the need to meet human needs and solve human problems.
Technology, by its nature, has a more direct effect on society than science
because its purpose is to solve human problems, help humans adapt, and fulfill
human aspirations. Technological solutions may create new problems. Science,
by its nature, answers questions that may or may not directly influence humans.
Sometimes scientific advances challenge people's beliefs and practical explanations
concerning various aspects of the world.
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(The teachers may want to register to read the complete
copy of this article appeared on the New York Times)