Energy Sources

Explore the resources below to answer the following essential questions:


1. From where does the natural resource orginate? (underground, sky, oceans, rivers, etc.)
2. What do humans need to do in order to use the natural resource for energy?
3. Is the natural resource renewable or nonrenewable? If so, in what way(s) is it renewable or nonrenewable?
4. What, if any, are the positive aspects of using this natural resource for energy and what is the impact on humans and the environment?
5. What, if any, are the negative consequences of using this natural resource for energy for humans and the environment?

Websites

Energy infobooks (website)

Use "elementary" infobook.

Databases

BrainPop

Energy Sources
We can’t use our feet to power our cars like in The Flintstones. So, how do cars move around? It’s energy! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to energy sources and basic methods of energy production. You’ll learn where energy comes from, how motion is converted into electricity, and how we use generators to create energy. Discover how water and wind can create mechanical energy and how the sun and earth help us do everything from heat our homes to get work done. Find out how fossil fuels generate energy, and the problems that overusing them can bring. Who needs Bedrock when you’ve got BrainPOP?

Biofuels
There’s no doubt about it: Burning fossil fuels is bad for the planet. They emit gases that lead to pollution and global climate change, and our supply of them is guaranteed to run out. But scientists and engineers are developing new fuels that are completely renewable, and much healthier for the environment. They’re called biofuels, and in this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will tell you all about them! You’ll learn how organic materials like plants, vegetable oils, and even animal fat and waste grease can be converted into fuel, and how they may someday allow nations to become energy-independent. You’ll also hear about the benefits and drawbacks of two popular biofuels, ethanol and biodiesel. Finally, you’ll discover cutting-edge projects to make fuels out of things like non-edible plant parts and algae. How is all of this being accomplished?

Fossil Fuels (natural gas, coal, and oil)
Fossil fuel — that’s what dinosaurs used to power their cars, right? Wrong! So, what are fossil fuels? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby introduce you to fossil fuel energy sources — like natural gas, coal, and oil. You’ll learn how fossil fuels form and what we use these important resources for. Find out about how plants and animals from millions of years ago helped create today's fossil fuels today. We’ll also explain the down sides to using fossil fuels. Oh, those fancy fossil fuels do so much!

Wind Energy
What’s that blowin’ in the wind? It’s the power of wind energy! In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about wind power.

Nuclear Energy
Ka-Blam! What is nuclear energy? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will tell you how energy can be taken out of an atom’s nucleus to create nuclear energy.

Solar Energy
The sun has some serious rays! So do we turn them into electricity? In the BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby explain all about solar energy!


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Sirs Discoverer

Check out Sirs Discoverer for articles on energy.

World Book Online

Check out World Book Online for articles on energy.

PebbleGo Next

Check out PebbleGo Next for articles/videos on Natural Resources.

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Ebook

Videos

Stop Motion Film: Renewable vs NonRenewable Energy Sources
Renewable Energy 101
Hydroelectric Documentary
Different Sources of Energy, Using Energy Responsibly, Educational Video for Kids