Fueling society

In this module, students learn about natural resources that humans dig out the ground (such as coal) or pump (such as oil or natural gas) from the Earth's crust. They then learn about the power of the atom and how beneficial and how lethal (in the long term) nuclear energy can be. Students then explore alternative technologies in electricity generation. 

What’s included in this module?

Teacher resources3 x lesson plans
2 x presentations
2 x teacher’s notes
2 x supporting resources
Learner resources1 x report
3 x worksheets
4 x supporting resources
1 x activity

Module Key Questions

By the end of this module your learners should be able to answer the following questions:

  • Why do we extract fossil fuels and minerals from Earth’s crust when there are so many adverse consequences?
  • Why do we use nuclear energy when the risks are so high?
  • In what ways is hydroelectric power sustainable and unsustainable?

Module Alignments

Grade | AgesGrade 5-6 | 11-12 years
Term3 (Grade 5)
3 (Grade 6)
CAPS subjectNatural sciences
Subject strandEnergy and change (NS) Systems and control (Tech)

This Module includes:

  • Aligned content: This content is aligned with: Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS)and the Independent Examinations Board (IEB). A key aspect of these modules is their flexibility and customisation across curricula, such as Cambridge and Steiner/Waldorf Education.
  • A range of teaching strategies, skills and knowledge: The flow of the module has been structured using Project-Based Learning and Design Thinking frameworks. A variety of pedagogical approaches are present between and within each lesson. Learners are challenged theoretically and practically through project and problem-based inquiry of real-world issues.
  • Sustainable development goals: Each lesson is aligned with an appropriate United Nations Sustainable Development Goal(s).
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Module Includes

  • 3 Lessons

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