Primary

Level: Primary

Primary Energy Infobook    (e-publication)
Energy Infobooks are the resource for many NEED activities and include an introduction to energy, information on major sources of energy, new technologies, energy conservation, electricity, climate change, and other energy information. They are available on four reading levels and are revised and updated annually.   

  


All About Trash
(e-publication)
Students learn about solid waste, its relationship to natural resources and energy, and options for handling solid waste including recycling, landfilling, and incineration.




Blueprint for Success    (e-publication)
This essential gusdide helps educators develop effective energy education programs. It provides an outline of a basic energy curriculum unit and matrix of all curriculum options. also included within the Blueprint for Success is a sample work plan and suggestions for energy outreach activities to conduct other classes, schools, families, and communities. the Youth Awards Program Guide and Application Form can also be found in the Blueprint for Success.
   


Building Buddies Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Building Buddies Student Guide (e-publication)
Primary students are introduced to basic concepts of energy use and conservation, using the school as a learning laboratory and then extending to home energy use and conservation measures. Students monitor and evaluate energy conservation behaviors daily. Individual students and classrooms are recognized for energy-saving habits and being good Building Buddies. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, class set of Student Guides, rewards, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.





Energy Fair
This module is a guide to teaching students experimental design with an emphasis on developing energy-related science fair projects. Sample science projects are also available on the NEED web site.

 Creative Arts


Energy Games and Icebreakers   (e-publication)
This guide contains offers entertaining activities to introduce energy, efficiency, and conservation to students, as well as reinforce the information that has already been presented.  Round Up Posters  -  Video of Energy Chants   
   




Energy Stories and More (e-publication)
This guide contains a series of stories and hands-on activities that can be used to introduce basic energy concepts and the major energy sources to primary and elementary students.
   

Public Speaking


Hybrid Buses
These guides teach students about hybrid electric buses and encourage them to evaluate the economic and environmental advantages and disadvantages of such vehicles.
  
 



NEED Songbook (e-publication)
Reinforce energy concepts and sing along to NEED’s favorite songs including the NEED Clap, E-N-E-R-G-Y, and What Do You Do With An Energy Waster?  Videos of NEED Songs
   




Oil, Gas, and Their Energy  (e-publication)
Through background reading and hands-on activities, students are introduced to the basic concepts of oil and natural gas formation, composition, exploration, production, processing, and use. 




Primary Energy Carnival  (e-publication)
NEED’s popular carnival games are an excellent way to encourage  students and adults to think about energy.  The Primary Energy Carnival contains nine games appropriate for students in grades K-3.
   




Primary Energy Infobook Activities     (e-publication)
Energy Infobooks are the resource for many NEED activities and include an introduction to energy, information on major sources of energy, new technologies, energy conservation, electricity, climate  change,  and  other  energy  information. They are available on four reading levels and are revised and updated annually.  



Primary Science of Energy Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Primary Science of Energy Student Guide (e-publication)
This guide includes background information and hands-on experiments to explore the fundamental concepts of energy. Students explore the science of motion, heat, sound, and light with a series of simple activities that incorporate both English and metric measurements, using safe student thermometers, balances, rulers, measuring tapes, beakers, and graduated cylinders. Students learn to make observations, measure, record results, compare and contrast, categorize, make predictions, analyze and graph results, and draw conclusions.
   




The Sun and Its Energy  (e-publication)
Primary students are introduced to solar energy with a read-aloud book and classroom-based activities. Students will learn that the sun’s energy produces light, transforms to heat, powers the water cycle, produces wind, and that solar cells convert radiant energy into electricity. The kit includes a Teacher Guide and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.  

  


This Mine of Mine (e-publication)
This hands-on activity, developed by the Ohio Energy Project, allows students to explore the formation, geology, recovery, and uses of coal, as well as reclamation of mine sites.
   

Technology


Today in Energy
These activities introduce students to the economics of energy use. Choices, trade-offs, and costs are explored using math and critical thinking skills.
   




Using and Saving Energy   (e-publication)
This guide introduces students to basic concepts of energy use and conservation at home in a read-aloud format and provides suggested activities.   




Water and Energy Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Water and Energy Student Guide (e-publication)
Primary students are introduced to forms of energy, properties of water as a solid, liquid, and gas, and the concept of moving water as an energy source through reading and inquiry-based hands-on activities. The kit comes with a Teacher Guide, a class set of student guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.   




Wind is Energy Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Wind is Energy Student Guide (e-publication)
Students begin to develop an understanding of how wind is formed and used as an energy source through hands-on activities and teacher-supported reading. Students will learn to measure wind speed and direction, and investigate how wind can do work. The kit comes with a Teacher Guide, a class set of student guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities, including two KidWind Weightlifter Turbines.  




Wonders of Magnets (e-publication)
Students explore the basics of magnets and magnetism through background reading and hands-on center-based experiments.
   

 


Additional Resources

NEED Curriculum in Spanish

Sections from the Primary Energy Infobook


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