6th Grade alternative energy links

Efficient Google Searching


All students watch this introductory video:

Students writing about nuclear, hydroelectric, or coal power watch this video:

This is a Youtube video that explains how nuclear, hydroelectric, and a coal plant work.The video on nuclear is first. Hydroelectric begins at minute 3:05, and the coal plant video begins at minute 5:19.

Students writing about tidal/wave power watch this video:

Students writing about biomass/biogas power watch these 2 videos:

(burning biomass as fuel)


(biogas plant explained)

Students writing about wind power watch this video:

Students writing about photovoltaic energy (energy created by converting solar energy into electricity using photovoltaic solar cells) watch this video:

Students writing about geothermal energy watch these 2 videos:

Students writing about solar thermal energy (the energy created by converting solar energy into heat) watch these 2 videos:

These websites give information on several different types of alternative energies. You will need to find the index or scroll down to find the source you are researching.



http://www.benefits-of-recycling.com/alternativeenergyincentives.html (info on energy incentives)








Call to action—The websites below offer ideas for people who want to start using alternative energy sources:

http://www.nrel.gov/learning/using_re.html  (Click on the farmer/rancher, homeowner, and small business owner links.  There you will find all of the different energy sources.  Click on yours and you will find websites and resources that you can list in your concluding paragraph.)

http://www.energysavers.gov/renewable_energy/  (Click on your type of power.  Then look for a link that says “buy clean electricity” for ideas that you could include in your final paragraph.


(Which types of green power can be purchased from your local Wisconsin utility?  Check this site.)

http://www.acore.org/files/pdfs/states/Wisconsin.pdf  (An overview of renewable energies available in WI.)

https://www.midwestrenew.org/energyfair  (A call to action could be to suggest that your readers attend an energy fair to learn more ways to use renewable energy.  This site tells about one such fair coming up in WI this summer.)