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Renewable Energy Sources Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will be able to identify different types of renewable energy sources and explain how they work.


  • Brush Ninja animated gif maker
  • Laptops or tablets for each student or pair of students
  • Research materials on renewable energy sources (books, websites, articles)
  • Paper and pencils for planning and sketching out ideas


  1. Begin by discussing with the class what renewable energy sources are and why they are important.
  2. Divide students into pairs or small groups and assign each group a different type of renewable energy source to research (such as solar power, wind power, hydroelectric power, geothermal power).
  3. Have the groups use their laptops/tablets to research their assigned topic. Encourage them to take notes and sketch out ideas for their animated gif while researching.
  4. Once the groups have completed their research, introduce Brush Ninja as a tool for creating animated gifs.
  5. Demonstrate how to use Brush Ninja by creating a simple animation on the board.
  6. Allow students time to create their own animated gifs that illustrate how their assigned renewable energy source works. Encourage them to be creative in showing how the technology operates.
  7. Once the students have finished creating their animations, have them present them to the class one at a time.
  8. After each presentation, ask the presenting group questions about their animation and have classmates offer feedback.


Assessment will be based on:

  • Students’ completion of research notes/plans for their animations
  • Quality of animations created using Brush Ninja
  • Clarity of explanation during presentations


To extend this lesson:

  • Have students write short essays about why renewable energy sources are important and how they could see these technologies being used in our community/society in the future.

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