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National Geographic


3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Health

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  • Videos, 3 minutes, 16 seconds, CC, Subtitles

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Renewable Energy 101

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  • This video discusses the amount of renewable energy currently being produced, the most common types of renewable energy used, and some of the challenges associated with different types of renewable energy solutions. 
  • Students will observe pie charts, images, and video clips. 
Teaching Tips


  • This video is succinct and informative.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video is easy to follow, but you may want to pause intermittently to ensure understanding.


  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with geography classes when discussing the most appropriate places for different types of renewable energy solutions.
Scientist Notes

The resource introduces renewable energy solutions to tackle climate change. Students can learn the benefits and limitations of renewable energy. However, it is the best form of energy sources as proven by scientists and energy experts. Educators should note that data outputs in charts are outdated. It can be substituted for data from Share of Electricity Production from Renewables. The resource is recommended.

  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment.
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
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