Elementary School



Energy Efficiency Lessons


Lesson 1: Energy Charades
In this lesson, students will review what energy is before exploring how electricity is generated. Through a game of energy charades, students will model the steps to generate electricity. First, they will demonstrate the steps starting with mining coal. Then they will then learn about the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, and model the steps by starting with a wind turbine and a solar panel.
                          
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Lesson 2: Energy Hunt
Students will be introduced to the concepts of energy efficiency and conservation. Through an energy hunt activity, students will discover what uses electricity in their classroom. Through a teacher demonstration, students will explore the concept of energy conservation by using a watt meter to measure how many watts different appliances use.

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Lesson 3: Energy Efficiency
Students will explore energy efficiency by comparing an incandescent light bulb to a compact fluorescent light bulb. As a whole class, students will measure how many watts each light bulb uses and how much light each light bulb produces.


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Lesson 4: Energy Posters
To inspire students and to show that energy efficiency and conservation applies to more than just electricity, students will watch two video clips about energy efficiency and conservation. Students will also show what they have learned about energy efficiency and conservation by making an educational poster.

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Solar Energy Lessons


Lesson 1: Solar Panels
In this lesson, students will learn what a solar panel is and how it works by viewing a digital slide show and looking at a model solar panel. The class will then create a simple circuit with a solar panel to activate an electronic buzzer.


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Lesson 2: Solar Circuit Basics

In this lesson, students will learn about simple circuits and how to read a circuit diagram. They will draw a diagram of their own circuit, correctly labeling the parts. 




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Lesson 3
: Solar Explorations
In this lesson, students will design an experiment to test the output of a solar panel in different locations of the classroom. Students will draw a map of their classroom and choose four locations to test. Using a 1.5 volt solar panel and a multimeter, groups of students will test different locations to find that the solar panel produces more power where there is more sunlight.

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Lesson 4: Solar Circuit Challenge
In this lesson, students will make series and parallel circuits using two 1.5 volt solar panels and a multimeter to discover a way to produce a total of 3 volts. They will draw the circuit (series) that produces 3 volts and test to see if it is able to power a LED bulb and then a 3 volt radio.



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Wind Energy Lessons


Lesson 1
: Energy Charades
In this lesson, students will review what energy is before exploring how electricity is generated. Through a game of energy charades, students will model the steps to generate electricity. First, they will demonstrate the steps starting with mining coal. Then they will then learn about the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, and model the steps by starting with a wind turbine and a solar panel.
                          
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Lesson 2
: What Can Wind Move?
In this lesson, students will explore wind as a force that can move various objects. Students will make observations of their natural world to look for evidence of wind, and then they will conduct an experiment to see what kinds of objects can be carried the farthest by wind.


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Lesson 3
: Wind Turbines: Start-up Speed
In this lesson, students learn about start-up speed – the minimum wind speed required for a wind turbine's blades to start turning. They will conduct an experiment to find the start-up speed of a model wind turbine.


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Lesson 4
: Where is it Windy Enough?
In this lesson, students will learn how to read a wind map. They will compare two sites on a wind map to predict which would be the best location to install a wind turbine.



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Teacher Reviews


"This is the best PD I've ever been to. I love that I am walking away with something I can use tomorrow."
-Elementary Teacher

"The lesson [Energy Charades] was wonderful and engaging."
-3rd Grade Teacher

Lesson Photos



Energy Charades



Energy Posters



Solar Energy



Wind Energy



Wind Speed