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Energy Action Month



What's your class doing to celebrate Energy Action Month?

Each year, the U.S. Department of Energy designates October as Energy Action 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

In many states, utilities work with NEED to provide home energy efficiency kits to students and their families. With the Saving Energy at Home and School curriculum, students learn about energy and principles of conservation and efficiency, then take the kits home and install efficiency measures in their homes. The Teacher Guide and Student/Family Guide has many lessons for learning about Energy Efficiency at Home. 

Teach and read about energy with NEED’s Energy Booklist. This list provides multi-level energy related non-fiction and fiction literature for students.

Celebrate Energy Action Month by learning more about how you use energy and how to make your energy choices more energy efficient. Consider using these energy efficiency tools to teach energy cost reduction at home and at school: Primary Student Surveys (Building Buddies Student Guide, pages 16, 49, and 50) and Student school and home energy surveys (Monitoring and Mentoring Student Guide, pages 20 and 23).

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).

Chemistry and Energy Efficiency is an excellent way to celebrate Energy Awareness Month in your chemistry or secondary science classroom. This curriculum explores chemistry in daily life, how energy is used in the chemistry industry, and how the chemistry industry works to make our lives more efficient through the development of new products.

Build an energy house with your students to conceptualize insulation, conservation and diminishing returns.

FInd energized enjoyment in the classroom: Energy Games and IcebreakersEnergy Stories and MoreEnergy JeopardyEnergy CarnivalsEnergy on Stage, and Energy Rock Performances allow students to learn while being active and creative.

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!

The National Ocean Industries Association Activity Book, compiled in partnership with NEED, helps students understand many aspects of energy development and production on the nation's outer continental shelf. The Activity Books are available in class sets. To request a class set(s), please contact NEED at info@need.org.

No matter which activities you choose to try out this October, document your ventures! Energy Action Month activities are perfect submissions for the 2016 Youth Awards (due in April).

Still want more? Here are great places to look for energy information this month:

U.S. Department of Energy
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Kid's Page
Energy Information Administration Kid's Page
Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program

Other Great Classroom and Outreach Activities:

Thanks to Donna Quillen of Prospect Elementary School in Monroe, North Carolina for developing Greek Mythology and the Forms of Energy. It is a great way to bring energy into the language arts classroom.

U.S. Energy Geography A series of resource maps for students to develop an understanding of energy production and use.

Want more info, have a suggestion, or want to tell us what you tried? info@need.org 

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