Section I- Gathering Information

This section includes five activities, four of which are Web-quests. After completing activities in Section I, students should be able to

  1. explore various topics related to woody biomass,
  2. investigate and gather information on various woody biomass topics and issues, and
  3. analyze and synthesize information through higher-order thinking discussion questions.

Activity 1: Energy in the U.S. Web-quest

Students visit various Web sites and complete the Web-quest Exploration Guide to learn about renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and current and future consumption trends in the U.S. As a culminating project, students create posters and present to the class.
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Activity 2: Carbon Cycle and Greenhouse Gases Web-quest

Students visit various Web sites and complete the Web-quest Exploration Guide to gather information and learn about the carbon cycle, greenhouse gases, and climate change. Students then create a carbon cycle poster and share with the class.
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Activity 3: Biomass Basics Web-quest

Students access various Web sites and complete the Web-quest Exploration Guide to learn about biomass and bioenergy, including sources, uses, advantages and disadvantages, and the role of biomass energy in regional, national, and international energy supply. Students then create posters and present to the class.
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Activity 4: The World's Forests Web-quest

Students are asked to access various Web sites and complete the Web-quest Exploration Guide to learn about the world’s forests, including locations, services, uses, human impacts, and the role of sustainable forestry in conserving global forest area. As a culminating project, students create posters and present to the class. 
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Activity 5: Case Study Jigsaw

Using this cooperative learning technique, each student will share information on various facilities, operations, and industries in the Southeast that use woody biomass for energy and learn about wood to energy conversion technologies.
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