Watt's on Our Plate?

Lesson #9997

Design a plate to demonstrate natural energy resources.

Build awareness of natural resources as renewable energy. Create this lesson following a unit on water, wind and solar power.

Early learners can discuss practical applications of natural energy resources by learning about dams, playing with windmills and observing solar calculators. This activity can summarize the resources as teachers demonstrate the renewable aspect of each one.

Upper elementary students can discuss how each resource is renewable through either the water cycle, wind generation or observed "rising and setting" of the sun due to the rotation of the earth on its axis. Summarize such aspects of renewable energy resources and how they generate energy for practical applications through wind and water turbines and solar panels. Add closure by highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy resources.

Display and discuss renewable energy resources, their practical applications and benefits to the environment.

14468-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Raindrops - Large 14989-XL-Ellison SureCut Die - Recycle Symbol - XL 14993-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Sun #1C - Large 15266-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Wind - Large

Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Glue, Marking Pen (Black), Paper Plate (10"), Scissors

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Die-cut the Raindrops, Recycle Symbol, Sun #1C and Wind from multiple colors of cardstock or construction paper.
  2. Highlight each die-cut with crayons or colored pencils.
  3. Cut an approximately 7 1/2"-diameter circle to adhere to the center of the plate. Adjust the circle size according to the diameter of the plate center.
  4. Place the arrows of the Recycle Symbol along the edges of the inner circle.
  5. Layer and adhere the die-cuts creatively in the center of the plate.
  6. Add the title Natural Energy Resources in any desired fashion (see Main Photo).

Note:If using a smaller plate, arrange dies to allow the best fit. Consider adhering the Recycle Symbol arrows to the rim of the plate.

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • K-4 - Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.
  • 5-8 - Students integrate visual, spatial and temporal concepts with content to communicate intended meaning in their artworks.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

Science: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives

  • As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of types of resources.
  • As a result of activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of changes in environment.
  • As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of populations, resources and environments.

Source: National Science Education Standards

We use cookies to personalize content, analyze site traffic and to serve push notifications and targeted ads. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies. Click here to learn how we use cookies for a better browsing experience.