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Energy Awareness Month
What's your class doing to celebrate Energy Awareness Month?
Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy designates October as Energy Awareness Month.
During the month, many schools undertake energy efficiency and conservation activities. These classroom activities connect well to student homes as many families approach the winter heating season. Using energy wisely makes sense - both for the environment and for economics.
In October, consider teaching about the energy sources we use and how to use them more efficiently using the following NEED activities.
Energy Efficiency and Conservation Activities
- Teach and read about energy with NEED’s Energy Booklist. This list provides multi-level energy related non-fiction and fiction literature for students.
- The Energy Expo was created to provide students with an expanded opportunity to learn about energy efficiency technologies while improving research and presentation skills.
- Have the whole class sign the Energy Conservation Contract to pledge to be more efficient about energy use at home and on the road!
- Evaluate your school building and the science behind keeping it healthy, comfortable and energy efficient with Building Science (for intermediate students).
- Build an energy house with your students to conceptualize insulation, conservation and diminishing returns.
- Investigate the use of appliances and machines through a data-driven investigative unit. Plug Loads allows students to look closely at how pluggable devices are used at home and school-- and how they can affect the bill!
- Download NEED's Spooky House Saver to learn some energy saving tips to cut costs from utility bills.
Looking for some fun energy to inspire creativity?
Download NEED’s coloring sheets!
Including fun Halloween themed sheets!
FInd energized enjoyment in the classroom: Energy Games and Icebreakers, Energy Stories and More, Energy Jeopardy, Energy Carnivals, Energy on Stage, and Energy Rock Performances allow students to learn while being active and creative.
No matter which activities you choose to try out this October, document your ventures! Energy Awareness Month activities are perfect submissions for the 2019 Youth Awards Program (due in April).
Still want more? Here are great places to look for energy information this month:
U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Information Administration State Profiles
Energy Information Administration Kid's Page
Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program
U.S. Energy Geography A series of resource maps for students to develop an understanding of energy production and use.