1) Present goal.
2) Explain how wind turbines work.
3) Demonstrate how wind turbines work by physically turning the rod. Focusing on how when you turn the rod, the tea bag is pulled up. Emphasize that for wind turbines the wind would be the energy used to lift the tea bag versus your finger.
4) Have students brainstorm what they think the advantages and challenges of wind energy are. This can be done as a think, pair, share; small group discussion or large group discussion.
5) Review the advantages and challenges text. (if possible have individual students read outloud to the class). Also encourage them to think deeply about the advantages and challenges and ask questions whether or not those questions can be answered in this setting.
6) Show the world wind map, facilitate a discussion where students think about " How does this infographic relate to the advantages and challenges of wind power?"
- There is more wind in some places than others, which means wind power may be more or less beneficial depending on the area.
- When designing windturbines, you may have to take the amount of wind in that area into account. Different types of wind turbines may differ in effectiveness depending on the area.
7) Show the graph, facilitate a discussion where students think about " How does this infographic relate to the advantages and challenges of wind power?"
- There needs to be an effective way of storing wind power to ensure that when use is up and wind is down - the wind from other months can be used.
- Wind is inconsistant throughout the year.