Performance Task

Below is a sample Performance Task from the Defined STEM library called: "Green Construction".

Defined STEM - Performance Task - Green Construction

Performance Task : Green Construction ( Grade 12 )

In this task you will be utilizing your knowledge of energy efficient and "green" construction practices to advise the building of a new house.  First, you will need to determine how much sun the site receives throughout the year. This will be important as you look to provide hot water and supplemental electricity for the homeowners. You will need to look at the direction for placement of the solar panels and the size of solar panels to be utilized. Secondly, you will need to consider the trees on the property, and which trees will need to be harvested. Of the harvested trees, how can these trees be recycled and used as part of the home building process? Finally, you will need to consider rain barrels for your home, based upon annual rainfall. As your investigation goes forward, you will develop and define technical and economically feasible applications.

Understandings (Big Ideas)

  • Energy is neither created nor destroyed. Energy can be transformed from one form to another, but transformation between forms often results in the loss of useable energy through the production of heat.
  • People acting individually and/or as groups influence the environment.

Essential Questions

  • How are the needs and wants of all living things (including humans) directly connected to successful management of natural resources?
  • How can data be organized and represented to provide insight into the relationship between quantities?
  • Advantages of wind power touted.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Australian technology aims to make storing radioactive waste safer.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Better materials could build a green construction industry.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Butterfly molecule may aid quest for nuclear clean-up technology.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.6

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Can North Africa light up Europe with solar power.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.4

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Cloudy Germany a powerhouse in solar energy.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.3

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Economics of building green.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.6

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Energy.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Engineering silicon solar cells to make photovoltaic power affordable.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Engineers give solar power a boost.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007. Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.3

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Firm demonstrating recycled building materials are greener and cheaper.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 6.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    4th - 5th 4.51 - 7.73 740 - 1010
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
  • Global warming heats up a nuclear energy renaissance.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.2

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Green buildings may be the cheapest way to slow global warming.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.4

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Grimms, K. (2014, August 2).

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.3

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • How does solar power work.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.5

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • How wind energy works.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.1

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Is a U.S. nuclear revival finally underway.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.6

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Mapping Sun's potential to power New York.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.1

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • North Sea wind farm has positive net impact on fauna, researchers say.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.1

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Oregon Public Health office decides it's time to study effects of wind turbines.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Putting the 'green' in Greensburg: A tornado-ravaged town reinvents itself.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.6

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Renewable energy and the electricity grid.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 16.2

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Renewable energy sources in the United States: Solar power.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Shortage of FSC wood could lead to price premium for green construction.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Solar panels to become future source of toxic e-waste.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Solar power: The pros and cons of solar power.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.6

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Southeast Asian nations look at nuclear energy.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Sustainable construction practices provide opportunity for St. Louis manufacturers.
  • The benefits of green building to homeowners.
  • The business case for LEED buildings.
  • The economics of solar power.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • The greening of Chicago.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • The importance of nuclear power in the electricity mix.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.5

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Tracking golden eagles by satellite; Impact of large-scale wind farms studied.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.8

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • UAE weighs options for nuclear waste disposal.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • What to do with all the nuclear waste.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • What to do with mounting nuclear waste.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.6

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Why (or why not) nuclear energy.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Why wind power for North Carolina.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 11.2

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Will a lame duck congress confront nuclear waste.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.2

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Wind energy as a significant source of electricity.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Wind energy basics.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 12

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Wind farms can cause noise problems finds study.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 10.9

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
    11th - CCR 10.34 - 14.2 1185 - 1385
  • Wind farms hit sour note with Canada's songbird.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 8.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
  • Wind turbine noise an issue, report finds.

    Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level: 9.7

    Common Core Band Flesch-Kincaid The Lexile Framerwork®
    6th - 8th 6.51 - 10.34 925 - 1185
    9th - 10th 8.32 - 12.12 1050 - 1335
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