Energized about Energy Sources


Everyday you use different forms of technology that need to be powered by energy, such as the electricity in your home. What are some different ways for us to get energy? What positive and negative effects do these energy sources have on the environment? Today you will will get the chance to uncover the answers to these questions. Before you can begin your research, please make sure you have a copy of your research worksheet. 

Research Worksheet:



Your task for today is to research sources of renewable energy, including solar energy, wind energy, and hydroelectric energy. You will also research non-renewable energy sources that use fossil fuels. 

Your research worksheet is a cause and effect graphic organizer. As you learn about the different sources of energy, you will fill in the effects that this energy source has on the environment and communities. You must include at least one positive and one negative effect that your resource has on the environment and community. 

When you are done, you will use all the new knowledge you have gained to answer questions about these resources. 

Step-by-step directions for each step in the research process will be found below under the Process section. 


You are first going to research types of renewable energy. Go to this first website to learn about what renewable energy is.


1. Solar Energy

The first type of renewable energy you will research is Solar Energy. Read through the website that is linked below to figure out how solar energy works and what effects it has on the environment. Make sure you find at least one positive and one negative effect. 


2. Wind Energy

Now you will research wind energy and the effects it has on the environment. Use the resource below to learn more about wind energy and to determine at least one positive and one negative effect it has on the environment. 

How wind turbines work: https://mocomi.com/how-do-wind-turbines-work/

Effects of wind turbines: http://www.eschooltoday.com/energy/renewable-energy/wind-energy.html

3. Hydroelectric Energy

This is the last renewable source of energy you will research. Read through the link on 


4. Fossil Fuels

This last resource is a non-renewable resource, which means it cannot be replenished and what we have right now is all that there will ever be. There are different types of fossil fuels. Go to the website below and read about the different types of fossil fuels. Make sure you click the next arrow to view information on the different types. On the cause side of your worksheet, list a specific type of fossil fuel that can be used for energy. Write one positive and one negative effect of using this resource. 



Once you have completed your research worksheet, turn it in to the bucket. Please grab a copy of the question worksheet at the front of the room and answers all the question on it. You may use the websites one this Webquest to help you answer the questions. 



Eschooltoday (2018). Renewable Energy. Retrieved from http://www.eschooltoday.com/energy/renewable-energy/what-is-renewable-energy.html

Eschooltoday (2018). Non-renewable Energy. Retrieved from http://www.eschooltoday.com/energy/non-renewable-energy/what-is-non-renewable-energy.html

Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies (2019). Hydroelectricity Works. Retrieved from https://mocomi.com/hydroelectricity/

Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies (2019). How Wind Turbines Work. Retrieved from https://mocomi.com/how-do-wind-turbines-work/

Mocomi & Anibrain Digital Technologies (2019). Solar Energy. Retrieved from https://mocomi.com/solar-energy/



Teacher Page

Standard used:


Performance expectation: 

Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from renewable and non-renewable
resources and how their uses affect the environment.

Students will research different types of energy sources and create a cause and effect graphic organizer that shows what positive and negative effects each of these energy sources has on the environment. 

Disciplinary Core Idea

Energy and fuels (fossil fuels, wind energy, solar energy,
hydroelectric energy) that humans use are derived from
natural sources, and their use affects the environment in
multiple ways. Some resources are renewable over time,
and others are not. (UE.ESS3A.a)

The students will learn about the difference between non-renewable and renewable energy sources. They will use several different websites to learn more about these sources and determine various effects that these sources have on the environment.