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Human Energy Systems | Activity 1.1

Activity 1.1: Human Energy Systems Unit Pretest (20 min)

Students complete a pretest to assess their understanding of matter and energy cycling on a global scale.

Materials You Provide

  • pencils (1 per student, for paper version)
  • computer with an Internet connection (1 per student, for online version)

Resources Provided


Print one copy of the 1.1 Human Energy Systems Unit Pretest for each student.

1. Describe the unit pretest.

Explain the purpose of the unit pretest to students:

  • It will help you as a teacher understand how students think about global-scale carbon and energy.
  • It will help them think about what they know and what questions they have.


Use the 1.1 Human Energy Systems Unit Pretest to assess students' understanding of global carbon and energy cycling in terms of learning progression levels. You should not give your students grades on the pretest or expect your students to know the correct answers. The document 1.1 Assessing the Human Energy Systems Unit Pretest has assessment guidelines, and identifies correct responses and explaining how students’ responses reveal their learning progression levels.