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How the World Works

Unit of Inquiry:  How the World Works

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and the environment.

Central Idea:

Technological advances support societal development

Lines of Inquiry:  An inquiry into

  •   How electricity works
  •   How technological advances affect society and the environment
  •   The evolution of technology

Key Concepts:

Change – How has it changed?  The understanding that change is the process of movement from one state to another.  It is universal and inevitable.

Function – How does it work?

Responsibility—What is the responsibility of society when dealing with technological advancements?





Attributes of the Learner Profile:
Inquirer: They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
Risk-Taker: They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.
Thinker: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

These are some links to some various websites which provide students some of the background knowledge they will need to support them throughout this unit.

Energy Diet challenge — challenge you or your family to complete one of the challenges.

Energuide – how to read your energy guide for appliances.

Energystar exploration

What is the carbon footprint? Watch this VIDEO

What is the carbon footprint? Watch this VIDEO #2

WWF Carbon Footprint calculator – calculate your own carbon footprint.

Island wood carbon footprint calculator – calculate your own carbon footprint.

How do we use – and misuse – energy. Watch this VIDEO.

Phantom Power websites:

 Vampire Energy Youtube video

Canadian Natural Resources Electronics – a guide

 Cutting phantom power

Stand-by/phantom power measurements

Phantom Power Youtube video

Electricity websites

Green Learning – Electricity All Around Us

 How an electric motor works

 Series and parallel circuits

http://www.bullfrogpower.com – alternative energy in Alberta



Making wind turbines






  1. By: Supreet on January 23, 2017 at 8:01 PM      Reply

    Phantom power is when you think that your not using energy but you are using it if its plugged in the wall.

    For example,

    your fridge as to have energy so the food doesn’t get bad

    Another example,

    your tv dosen’t have to stay on the hole night you could unplug it even if it is going to use a little power because its using phantom power.

  2. By: Denzel on January 24, 2017 at 7:50 AM      Reply

    I think the example of of the energy vampire is printer,ipad,computer thats it

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