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Climate Change, Physical Geography


3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography


55 minutes

Regional Focus



Google Docs, Google Slides


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Renewable Energy Around the World (Renewable Energy #5)

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Apr 12, 2024
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In this lesson, students analyze how much renewable energy is used around the world. 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students recall what they learned in previous lessons and use Google Maps to browse renewable energy projects around the world. 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students research one or more countries and complete worksheets analyzing how much renewable energy is used in each country.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students watch a video on Iceland and geothermal energy and discuss what life would be like if the United States used as much renewable energy as Iceland.

Accompanying Teaching Materials
Teaching Tips


  • Students can study any countries they want!
  • Students can internalize that renewable energy solutions already exist all around the world. They simply must be scaled up in order to address the climate crisis.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This is lesson 5 of 6 in our 3rd-5th grade Renewable Energy unit.
  • Some students may struggle with the x-axis and y-axis scales when comparing different countries. The scales are not the same for all countries.


  • You have many options in the Investigate phase of this lesson. Students can complete worksheets for individual countries, two countries, or multiple countries. Students can complete these worksheets individually or in groups. Students can also complete more than one worksheet if they finish early.
  • You can share the student worksheets digitally or you can print hard copies.
  • Be sensitive with how you share the "Adapted" worksheets with certain students. Students may realize that they have different worksheets from some of their peers.
  • If students would like to learn more about geothermal energy around the world, they can explore this interactive graph from Our World in Data.
Scientist Notes

This lesson offers key insights for students to explore renewable energy, map countries' renewable energy sources, and analyze relative change and patterns. Students are able to compare and make recommendations for a just and fair transition to clean energy. All materials embedded in the lesson are thoroughly sourced and are void of scientific misconceptions. We recommend this lesson to be used for teaching.


This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

Supporting Standard

  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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.

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to SubjectToClimate standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

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