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ClimateScience

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences, English Language Arts

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Worksheet

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Global

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PDF

Hydropower Reading Comprehension

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Synopsis
  • This resource details the positives and negatives of hydropower and includes a teacher's guide, reading comprehension handout, and sources for additional research and learning. 
  • The reading includes graphs, data, and infographics to help students understand how hydropower works and how it impacts the environment.

Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource has everything needed to utilize it as a handout, homework assignment, or classroom assignment. 
  • The graphics included in the worksheet are informative and engaging, and the comprehension questions do a good job assessing student understanding of the text. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Consider distributing the worksheet digitally in order to reduce paper use. 

Differentiation

  • This resource would work equally well in a science class that is learning about renewable energy sources or a language arts class that is working on nonfiction reading comprehension strategies. 
  • This resource lends itself well to a jigsaw activity, where students focus their attention on one or two assigned questions and share their thinking with a partner or group. 
  • As an optional extension activity, have students research the nearest source of hydropower. 
Scientist Notes
The energy sector greatly benefits from hydropower. It has restrictions even though it is a renewable source of energy. This teaching resource emphasizes the benefits and drawbacks of hydropower. Classrooms should use this resource.
Standards

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

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence and make relevant connections to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
      • RI.6.8 Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
      • RI.9-10.10 By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at grade level text complexity or above with scaffolding as needed. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at grade level text complexity or above.
      • RI.11-12.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at grade level text complexity or above with scaffolding as needed. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at grade level text complexity or above.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • MS-ESS2-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
      • HS-ESS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation of the properties of water and its effects on Earth materials and surface processes.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
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