In this Flipside Science unit, designed for a middle school audience, we'll explore environmental issues related to energy use and conservation. On this page you'll find five short videos and four associated lesson plans connected to the Next Generation Science Standards with an emphasis on human impacts on Earth's systems.

Videos in This Unit

The Chemistry of Clothes


What is the difference between synthetic and natural materials?  How are synthetic materials made?

Unit Lessons in Sequence

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Navigate this unit- Energy

Download an overview of the course, complete with connections to the NGSS.

Associated Resources

Science Texts for Close Reading

Reading for Students

Your students can evaluate some of the energy technologies introduced in this unit, like geothermal and solar.

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All units in this series focus on human impacts on Earth's systems.

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