Alternative Energy Company

Grade 5 Research

  1. Open a new presentation document in OpenOffice. Select “Introducing a New Product” template.
  2. You will create a presentation for a company that you might create some day. Enter the name of the product and the name of the company. Choose a color scheme to compliment the source of energy.
  3. You will complete information on the following slides
    1. Long-term Goal
    2. Customer wishes
    3. Fulfilling Customer Needs
    4. Cost Analysis
    5. Strengths and Advantages
    6. Next Step of Action
    7. Bibliography
  4. Add images where appropriate. Images may come from Google images.
  5. View the following advertisements. Do they provide information about long-term goals, customer wishes, etc.
    1. Exxon Mobile Algae Advertisement (We’ll talk about algae as a biofuel later. For now, listen to how they present their long-term goals, etc.)

Alternative Energy Research

Grade 5 Research

  1. Open a new text document in OpenOffice.
  2. At the top place the alternative energy source you are investigating.
  3. Enter the how, which, or why question you will investigate. (This is from your cluster map.)
  4. Enter the following sentence, “Energy is not created or destroyed. It is only changed from one form to another“.
  5. In a bullet list or numbered list write everything you already know about the topic and the question.
  6. Go to Fact Monster – Science – Environment, Energy, and Nature.  Follow the links to find information that might answer your question. Make notes on the text document. Include the URL for the source of the information.
  7. Go to BrainPOP Jr. science. Follow the links to find information to answer your question. Take notes after each video clip that you watch. Include the URL for the source of the information.
  8. Write a paragraph summary with the answer to your question.

Alternative Energy Cluster Map

Grade 5 – Cluster Map and Research Question

  1. Open a new drawing document in OpenOffice.
  2. Create a Cluster map. The center circle should be titled “alternative energy”.
  3. Create an outer circle for each alternative energy source that you can name. Label each circle with the name of an alternative energy source.
  4. Arrows should point from the center circle to outer circles.
  5. Select the text for the alternative energy source that you are most interested in. Make it bold.
  6. Create a rectangle near the bold alternative energy source. Enter a question you would like to investigate about the form of energy. The question must be a how, which or why question.
Sample start for cluster map

Sample start for cluster map