For Parents and Teachers

Earth and Its Resources
 Grade 5

Unit Outcomes:

The students will

The students will use

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TIPS Activity USD #259 District Science Standards NETS Technology Standards Benchmark Skills
Fossil fuels, fission, and fusion I-1c, 4, 
1, 5 reading
Compare fuel types and characteristics 6 creating a table
You're an expert! 2, 4, 6 drawing conclusions, problem solving
Vocabulary and Definitions

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TIPS Activity Page # Technology Needed Instructions
Fossil fuels, fission, and fusion p. 476
Internet access
The Energy Story
Read Fossil Fuels - Coal, Oil, and Natural Gas
Read Nuclear Energy - Fission and Fusion
TIPS Activity Page # Technology Needed Instructions
Compare qualities of fossil fuels, fission, and fusion.   spreadsheet program Using a spreadsheet, list characteristics of each fossil type.
Suggested headings for spreadsheet:
supply, by-products, hazards, origin, access, environment, safety, cost
TIPS Activity Page # Technology Needed Instructions
You're an expert!   Word processing program

Use the data from your spreadsheet to solve the following problem:
You have been hired by the department of energy. They would like a recommendation for future research and development of energy sources for public use.
In your 3 paragraph recommendation, include the type of energy resource you feel should be used and developed in the future and at least 3 reasons why.

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TIPS Activity Page # Technology Needed Instructions
Vocabulary and Definitions    

Vocabulary and Definitions:

1. fission -An atom's nucleus can be split apart. When this is done, a tremendous amount of energy is released. The energy is both heat and light energy. This energy, when let out slowly, can be harnessed to generate electricity. When it is let out all at once, it makes a tremendous explosion in an atomic bomb. The word fission means to split apart.

2. fusion -Fusion means joining smaller nuclei (the plural of nucleus) to make a larger nucleus. The sun uses nuclear fusion of hydrogen atoms into helium atoms. This gives off heat and light and other radiation.

3. fossil fuel - fuels such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas, that were formed from the fossils of plant and animal life

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McGraw-Hill Fifth Grade Science Internet Resources


1. McGraw-Hill Summary/Quiz site 
Quizzes available for each topic in the text book.

2. Fusion Energy Education
    slide show - slides 1 to 23

    The Virtual Nuclear Tourist
    FAQ - Quick tour provides information needed

Author: Lori Schock

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Rod Sprague
Wichita Public Schools

Tonya Witherspoon

Dr. Jeri Carroll
Wichita State University