Grade 9-11 Social Science
Career and Technology Studies
Environment and Outdoor Education
- Examine the differences in efficiency of transportation vehicle fuel types.
- Identify the types of EVs, suppliers, and charging stations, types of charging stations.
- Complete a calculation on the operating cost comparison between internal combustion engine (ICE) and electric vehicles.
- Determine an optimal charging strategy for a long-range EV (such as a Hyundai Kona, or Tesla) based on weather, EV charging equipment available en-route, and driving behaviour.
- Calculate the greenhouse gas emissions for a vehicle travelling from Edmonton to Calgary using different transportation vehicle fuel types (diesel, gasoline, electric vehicle).
This lesson focuses on the following learner competencies:
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Managing Information
- Creativity and Innovation
Below are the electric vehicle resources broken down by category. All of the resources are best suited for grades 7 -12. If you have any questions feel free to contact Nick Kendrick, Engagement Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Electric Vehicle History
Students will learn about the history of the make and models of various electric vehicles as well as investigate current trends.Link to Activity
Electric Vehicle Batteries
Students will investigate the difference between the different battery types, and the role it plays in the car’s performance. The evolution of the car battery will also be explored.Link to Activity
Electric Vehicle Emissions
Students will explore if electric vehicles are green. They will also compare the environmental effects between electric and gas powered cars.Link to Activity
Types of Electric Vehicles
Students will understand the many different types of electric vehicles available today. Students will be able to understand the different types of electric vehicles including hybrid, plug in and battery electric vehicles.Link to Activity
How to Buy an Electric Vehicle
Students will learn about the numerous aspects that should be considered when purchasing an electric vehicle.Link to Activity
History of the Electric Vehicle
Students will understand the processes behind the changes in popularity of the Electric Vehicle and gain an understanding of the technological changes in Electric VehiclesLink to Activity
What EV Should You Buy?
Students will work in groups to determine what electric vehicle is best suited for each type of person in the given scenarios.Link to Activity
Planning a Trip in Your EV
Students will learn how to plan a road trip with a given scenario while ensuring the car has enough power along the way.Link to Activity
Take Action Activities
Exploring Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Your School or Community
Students will demonstrate their understanding of the benefits of charging stations available in the school and community and present their proposalLink to Activity
How is Your Community Adapting for Electric Vehicles (Inquiry based)
Students will heighten their understanding of electric vehicles in their community.Link to Activity
Students will understand the many different types of electric vehicles available today. Students will be able to understand the different types of electric vehicles including hybrid, plug in and battery electric vehicles.Download Activity
When Teachers Were Asked ‘Tell Us How You Plan to Use the New Electric Vehicle Resources in Your Classroom’ This is How They Responded:
“As resources to complement the Climate Change unit of this course.”
Grade 10 Science Teacher, Oshawa, ON
“In grade 9 we look at electricity and alternate sources of power so this is a natural fit; however, I would like to look at this as an example of how humans are adjusting their impact by looking for alternate solutions (grade 7) and how mechanical systems (gr. 8) are expanding and modifying their technology to create and build these vehicles.”
Grade 7-9 Teacher, Edmonton, Alberta
“We will be investigating the different sources of energy in Canada, looking at costs, reliability and storage in terms of large and small scale generation. By designing an electric vehicle I think the students learn more by the hands on learning.”
Grade 9 Applied Geography Teacher, Mississauga, Ontario
"So excited to have an opportunity for my students to work collaboratively to explore EV vehicles and how energy is stored."
Grade 6/7 Teacher, Keremeos, BC
“We will construct the electric vehicles in science class and make connections with our science unit. Our school also has solar panels that we can compare the energy storage with.”
Grade 7 Teacher, Fort McMurray, Alberta