FoodPrints Curriculum

Human Activity and Earth’s Habitats


Conservation & Social Justice

Standards Alignment:

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core ELA

Grade Level:

4th Grade


Spring / April


The purpose of this lesson is for students to understand how energy use impacts the planet. Students will learn the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy sources, study a local energy plan, and make personal goals for reducing their energy consumption.  They will also harness the energy from the sun to design and construct a solar oven.

Big Idea

We impact the planet through the way we use energy.

Guiding Questions

How do both renewable and non-renewable energy resources impact our environment?
How can we use energy in ways that protect our environment?