Curriculum Expectation

Overall Expectation

Evaluate the impact of the use of electricity on both the way we live and the environment.

Specific Expectation

Assess the short- and long-term environmental effects of the different ways in which electricity is generated in Canada (e.g., hydro, thermal, nuclear, wind, solar), including the effect of each method on natural resources and living things in the environment.

Learning Objectives/Big Idea

Understand that electrical energy plays a significant role in society, and its production has an impact on the environment.

Binogi Related Resources

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The Glossary Sheets to the left include terms from Binogi’s Renewable Energy Sources and Combined Heat and Power Generation Videos in both English and other languages.

Activity: Minds-on/Action

Compare the generation of electricity using fossil fuels vs nuclear power. Use the Venn diagram to list the similarities and differences in how they impact the environment.

Interactive Game

Activity: Consolidation

If you could be any source of energy that generates electricity, which one would you be and why?

Flipped Classroom

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Students are assigned to watch the Binogi video,  Combined Heat and Power Generation,  prior to the lesson. (Make sure students have an access to internet). Then, they record at least 1 question and 1 interesting/surprising fact they learned from the video to share with the class Padlet or Scrumblr.

Language Friendly Pedagogy

Students can use the Concept Detective table to understand new concepts they are learning. They may include a description in English or a language of their choice. They can draw a picture or add an image to explain the meaning of one of the concepts they learned.