Renewable Energy


Renewable Energy introduces students to energy sources that people can use more than once. Students will learn about some of the characteristics of these sources. They will also discover the advantages and disadvantages of using renewable energy sources.

You can check out the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page for additional suggestions for ideas and activities to incorporate into the lesson. One idea is to divides students into groups and assign each group a different source of energy to research further. The students can then present what they find to the class.

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What our Renewable Energy lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Renewable Energy is a great lesson that teaches students about the advantages and disadvantages of these types of energy sources. Students will learn about wind, solar, hydro, and other types of power that people can use in place of fossil fuels. They will also learn how each type of energy source works to provide power. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. For this lesson, gather colored pencils, rulers, scratch paper, and drawing paper.

Options for Lesson

You will find several additional ideas and activities to incorporate into the lesson in the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page. A few have to do with the activity specifically. Students could work alone or in groups rather than in pairs. The could build 3D models of the homes they design. You could require that they use just one or two renewable energy sources rather than three or more. Another option is to assign groups of students one energy source to further research and later present to the class. If possible, another fun idea is to visit a local green-friendly home or business that uses almost all renewable energy. You could also invite an electric utility spokesperson to speak to the class about renewable and non-renewable energy sources. One more idea is to hold a debate during which students argue the use of renewable energy versus non-renewable energy, advantages and disadvantages, and so on.

Teacher Notes

The paragraph on this page gives you a little more information on the lesson overall and describes what you may want to focus your teaching on. It suggests teaching this lesson with others about energy, such as Nuclear Energy or Fossil Fuels. The blank lines are available for you to write out any thoughts or ideas you have as you prepare.


The Renewable Energy lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. These worksheets will help students demonstrate what they learned throughout the lesson and reinforce the lesson concepts. The guide on the classroom procedure page outlines when to hand out each worksheet to your students.


Students will work with a partner for the activity. They will first review the table that shows the advantages and disadvantages of using different types of renewable energy sources. Then they will use the supplies you provide to design a home that uses at least three of these sources. They must do further research on each type of energy source before they start their designs.

The goal is for their home design to be as energy efficient as possible. However, while students can be creative, they should ensure their design is realistic. On their designs, they can include labels, arrows, and other information to help inform others how their home uses these energy systems. When they finish, students will respond tot he prompts regarding each renewable energy source.


The practice worksheet requires students to first identify each of the five types of renewable energy. Then they will match various facts to the correct type. There are 15 descriptions to which they will match energy types.


For the homework assignment, students will first decide which energy source relates to a series of advantages or disadvantages. There are 10 descriptions to match. Next, they will match definitions to the correct term. There are 12 terms in the word bank to match. Finally, they will respond to the prompt at the bottom of the page that asks them to create an easy way to remember the five types of renewable energy.

Worksheet Answer Keys

At the end of the document, there are answer keys for the practice and homework worksheets. The correct answers are in red to make it easier to compare them with your students’ work. The final prompt of the homework assignment will yield varied responses, so keep that in mind as you grade. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

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4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

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