Energy Sources In Japan & USA

Essential Question

Day 1: How can using various energy sources be a benefit or a negative?

Day 2: How has the use of Nuclear Energy changed over the past ?

Day 3: How did Japans reliance on Nuclear Energy hurt them?

Day 4: How did the Meltdown at Three Mile Island differ from Fukushima?

Day 5: Will Fracking be good source of energy to utilize in the USA? If yes, how. If no, why?

Activating Strategy [Learners Mentally Active]

Day 1: Anticipation Guide

Day 2: Ask students to brainstorm in class about what they believe have been some important events in Nuclear history

Day 3: Students are asked to write down three reasons why a country would use a resource that is not as safe as other resources

Day 4: Students will have a discussion on what they know about Three Mile Island. Teacher will write answers on front board


Nuclear Power



Hydraulic Fracturing

Natural Gas

Three Mile Island

Teaching Strategies [Collaborative Pairs; Distributed Guided Practice; Distributed Summarizing: Graphic Organizers]

Day 1:

  • Students will learn about various energy sources via guided notes.
    • Nuclear Power
    • Fracking

Day 2:

  • Students will work on computers to complete a Nuclear Energy webquest.
    • Worksheet
    • Video Clips
    • Internet research

Day 3:

  • Finish computer work from yesterday’s lesson, if necessary
  • Guided notes, via powerpoint, on the problems at Fukushima, Japan in March 2011

Day 4 – Day 5:

  • Students will work on computers to complete a Three Mile Island webquest. This should only take 15 minutes
  • Continue with class notes on Fracking benefits and negatives.
  • Students will write a rough draft of a 250 word essay in class. This will be due the next class period, typed.
  • In addition, students will include a drawing based on their essay.

Summarizing Strategy

Day 1: Answer the Lesson Essential Question.

Day 2: Answers to the webquest worksheet will show learning.

Day 3: 3-2-1 activity about Japanese Nuclear Power.

Day 4: Answer the Final Question about Nuclear Power or Fracking.

Day 5: Essay and Drawing will show what was learned in today’s lesson, and throughout the whole week.

Pennslyvania State Standards – History

8.1.9A.: Analyze chronological thinking.

8.1.9B.: Analyze and interpret historical sources.

8.1.9C.: Analyze the fundamentals of historical interpretation.

8.1.9D.: Analyze and interpret historical research.

8.1.12A.: Evaluate chronological thinking.

8.1.12B.: Synthesize and evaluate historical sources.

8.1.12C.: Evaluate historical interpretation of events.

8.1.9D.: Synthesize historical research.

8.2.12B.: Identify and evaluate primary documents, material artifacts and historic sites important in Pennsylvania history from 1890 to Present.

8.2.12C.: Identify and evaluate how continuity and change have influenced Pennsylvania history from the 1890s to Present.

8.2.12D.: Identify and evaluate conflict and cooperation among social groups and organizations in Pennsylvania history from 1890 to Present.

8.4.12B.: Evaluate historical documents, material artifacts and historic sites important to world history since 1450.

8.4.12C.: Analyze how continuity and change throughout history has impacted belief systems and religions, commerce and industry, innovations, settlement patterns, social organization, transportation and roles of women before 1500.