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Basic Primary Curriculum Unit

INTRODUCTORY ACTIVITIES
 

Primary Energy Poll
Energy Polls can be used to assess students’ basic energy knowledge, as well as their opinions about energy before and after your classroom energy unit.

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  


STEP ONE: Science of Energy

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.  

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.

 
STEP TWO: Sources of Energy

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

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.  

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.

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.
 

STEP THREE: Electrcity and Magnetism


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

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.  

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.

Wonders of Magnets (e-publication)

Students explore the basics of magnets and magnetism through background reading and hands-on center-based experiments.
 

STEP FOUR: Transportation


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.
 

STEP FIVE: Efficiency and Conservation


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

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.

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.

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.  


STEP SIX: Synthesis and Reinforcement


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

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.

 

STEP SEVEN: Evaluation
 

Question Bank

As you develop your energy unit, it may be helpful to build your own energy assessments. NEED’s Question Bank allows educators to customize evaluations to fit the needs of their students. Questions are available at the four levels, and are divided by topic. Within each topic, various formats of questions are included, such as knowledge, comprehension, multiple choice, and higher-order thinking formatted questions. Feel free to select from many different categories to tailor the assessment for your student.  Questions are provided at four grade levels for a variety of energy topics in easy to access word documents.

Primary Energy Poll
Energy Polls can be used to assess students’ basic energy knowledge, as well as their opinions about energy before and after your classroom energy unit.


STEP EIGHT: Student Leadership and Outreach

Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement

All NEED schools have outstanding classroom-based programs in which students learn about energy. Some schools have student leaders who extend these activities into their communities. To recognize outstanding achievement and reward student leadership, The NEED Project conducts the National Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.