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Intermediate

Level: Intermediate

Intermediate 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.

  
 



Intermediate Energy Infobook Activities  (e-publication)

These guides are companion activities to the Energy Infobooks. They are available on four reading levels that correspond to the infobooks and include Teacher Guides and answer keys for general energy information, energy sources, electricity, and conservation.






Blueprint for School Energy Teams  e-publication

A tool for schools seeking to lower energy consumption through the adoption of school energy policies
and the formation of a student energy team.

Primary Elementary SecondaryEnergy Efficiency and Conservation





Building Science  (e-publication)

This unit teaches the science involved with keeping building occupants healthy and comfortable and the buildings energy efficient. Activities introduce the house as a system, explore conduction with insulation materials, investigate heat transfer using infrared thermometers, simulate home airflow, and test building performance measures. The kit includes an all-encompassing teacher and student guide, and all of the tools and materials necessary to conduct the activities.

 




Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Elementary Teacher  (e-publication)
Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Elementary Student   (e-publication)

The objective of this activity is to compare racing fuels, and list the pros and cons of different racing fuels.







Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Secondary Teacher  (e-publication)
Comparing Auto Racing Fuels Secondary Student   (e-publication)

The objective of this activity is to compare racing fuels, and list the pros and cons of different racing fuels.

 





Current Energy Affair  (e-publication)

This activity is modeled after a television news broadcast, with student-correspondents reporting on seven major areas of electric power generation.

Technology

  



Digital Energy  (e-publication)

Students use NEED Infobooks and graphics to prepare digital presentations that teach others about energy topics. Energy 101 PowerPoint

Technology




ElectroWorks Teacher Guide (e-publication)
ElectroWorks Student Guide (e-publication)

This guide includes background information and hands-on experiments to explore the basic concepts of atomic structure and electricity. Included are center-based experiments on static electricity, batteries, magnets, electromagnetism, and circuits.

Electricity and MagnetismLanguage ArtsMathTechnology
 
 



Elementary Transportation Fuels Infobook 

Students explore conventional and alternative transportation fuels such as petroleum-based fuels, ethanol, electricity, biodiesel, compressed natural gas, and propane. Student backgrounders and suggested activities are included.



 



Energy Analysis (e-publication)

This activity emphasizes research and analysis of information in graph format to discern energy trends. Using the Energy Information Administration’s Energy Perspectives and a Teacher Guide with additional graphs. Students analyze energy trends based on historical and societal events.  Energy Flows Powerpoint

Technology
 
 



Energy and Our Rivers  (e-publication)

This module examines how energy sources are transported along the nation’s rivers. Hands-on science and social studies activities encourage students to think about the importance of rivers as modes of transportation.

Technology

 



Energy Around the World  (e-publication)

This guide includes maps and energy information for countries around the world. Student groups research assigned countries and make presentations to the class that compare United States energy use to energy use around the globe.



 



Energy Carnival  (e-publication)

NEED’s popular carnival games are an excellent way to encourage  students  and  adults  to  think  about  energy. The Energy Carnival contains complete instructions and reproducible masters for ten carnival games. The Carnival is ideal for elementary or middle school students and makes an excellent activity for an energy fair or Earth Day celebration.



  



Energy Conservation Contract (e-publication)

In this outreach activity, students learn about energy conservation and ask their families to sign contracts in which they agree to save energy. Students then calculate the energy savings, and re- evaluate their conservation measures.

 

 



Energy Enigma (e-publication)

Students put on their detective hats and research clues to uncover energy facts in Energy Enigma. Teams use reading, brainstorming, and organizational skills to hide the identity of their energy source while trying to guess which energy sources the other teams represent. Teacher instructions and masters are included. Browser based HTML Version (zipped file)  -  Instructions for Use



 




Energy Expo and Expo Exhibit Question Sheets  (e-publication)

Students work in groups to develop hands-on exhibits and make presentations to teach others. Expos focus on energy sources, transportation fuels, and energy conservation with directions included in this guide.

 Public Speaking

  



Energy Flows (e-publication)      Cool Coal Story Props (pdf)

This hands-on activity explains the forms of energy and energy transformations to students. It can be used as a stand-alone activity or a companion activity to the Science of Energy Kit.

Science of EnergyLanguage Arts






Energy From the Sun Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Energy From the Sun Student Guide (e-publication)

Intermediate students learn about solar energy through investigations that explore radiant energy transforming into thermal energy, kinetic energy, chemical energy, and electricity. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, a class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

 




Energy From the Wind Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Energy From the Wind Student Guide (e-publication)

Intermediate students develop a comprehensive understanding of wind formation, wind energy, and electricity generation from wind through reading, critical thinking activities, and hands-on investigations. The kit comes with a Teacher Guide, a class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities, including two KidWind Basic Turbines and geared nacelles.

 




Energy From Uranium  (e-publication)

Through background information and hands-on activities, students will learn the chemistry and physics of the uranium atom, the process of fission, the history of nuclear energy, and its role in producing electricity. A culminating assignment at the close of the unit has students researching and preparing for a mock Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearing regarding the building of a new nuclear reactor. The guides each contain detailed teacher guides and reproducible masters.

Uranium
   



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 House (e-publication)

In this activity, students learn about efficiency, conservation, and diminishing returns by using various materials to insulate their house and then test its efficiency.



   



Energy Jeopardy and Energy Jeopardy Powerpoint  (e-publication)

Students will enjoy NEED’s spin on the popular trivia game show. Jeopardy categories that help to reinforce your energy unit include: More MPGs, Famous Americans in Energy, Leading Nations, and more.



 

Energy Live  (e-publication)

Student rock bands write songs and sing about energy sources, electricity, and conservation and efficiency in this entertaining activity. Audiences learn more from these energy rock stars as they tell their stories to interviewers out to get the latest energy scoops. Teacher and student instructions are included, along with sample songs and interviews.

Public Speaking




Energy Math Challenge

The Energy Math Challenge strengthens students’ math and critical thinking skills while increasing their knowledge of energy. Students work individually or in teams to solve energy math problems.

 




Energy of Moving Water Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Energy of Moving Water Student Guide (e-publication)

Intermediate students will develop a comprehensive understanding of energy, electricity, hydropower, and emerging ocean  energy  technologies  through  inquiry-based  activities and background reading. The kit comes with a Teacher Guide, a class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities, including those needed to build six model hydropower turbines.

 




Energy on Public Lands  (e-publication)

Students learn about energy resources found on public lands, and how they are managed by the Bureau of Land Management. This guide includes background information and cooperative learning activities for students to teach others.






Energy on Stage  (e-publication)

This resource includes plays and poems on energy sources and energy conservation, with individual teacher guides that have expanded vocabulary and extensions.



  


Exploring Ocean Energy and Resources Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Exploring Ocean Energy and Resources Student Guide (e-publication)

Informational text, hands-on explorations, and critical thinking and engineering design activities introduce students to the sources of energy found offshore and the non-energy related mineral resources found in our ocean environments.






Intermediate 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.

   

 
   


EnergyWorks Teacher Guide  (e-publicationPowerPoint
EnergyWorks Student Guide   (e-publication)

The EnergyWorks guides include backgroun information and hands-on experiments that explore motion, light, sound, heat, growth, and powering technology.

 

 



Exploring 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.  Download sample performance data for the hybrid bus activities from Kentucky's Hybrid Horsepower Project.



 



Exploring Oil and Gas  (e-publication)      Nifty Natural Gas Story Props (pdf)

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.


 
 



Fossil Fuels to Products  (e-publication)

Hands-on activities and background information introduce students to fossil fuels and the processes involved to create many of the products we use. Students learn about exploration, production, refining, chemical manufacturing, transportation, marketing, and uses of petroleum, natural gas, and their products in the industrial sector.  Fractional Distillation Activity

Careers
 
  



Get Your Motors Running  (e-publication)

In this activity students will identify components of an engine, compare motors and generators, and compare similarities and differences between racing engines and personal vehicle engines.

 

 



Global Trading Game  (e-publication)

In this activity developed by the Ohio Energy Project, students become economic advisors, geologists, international traders, and miners as they analyze their assigned country’s resources and needs, then trade resources with other countries to enhance their economic position and environmental quality.



 



Great Energy Debate  (e-publication)

Students evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the major energy sources in a debate format. Each student group represents one of the energy sources and develops arguments on the merits of its energy source over the other energy sources. Teacher instructions and masters are included. Debate Game Board (xls)

Public Speaking

 




Greek Mythology and the Forms of Energy

This  guide  provides resource materials and a Teacher Guide for incorporating Greek mythology into your science curriculum relating to forms of energy. This innovative interdisciplinary activity was developed by Donna Quillen of North Carolina.

 
 
 



H2 Educate Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
H2 Educate Student Guide  (e-publication)

Intermediate and secondary students are introduced to hydrogen as an important energy carrier both as a fuel for distributed generation and as a transportation fuel. Students conduct experiments in electrolysis, learn about atomic structure and the periodic table, make element models, simulate how a fuel cell works, and explore a hydrogen fuel cell car kit.

 



Intermediate Science of Energy  (e-publication)      Cool Coal Story Props (pdf)

Hands-on experiments and background information that allow students to explore the different forms of energy and how they are transformed. Students master forms of energy and their transformations, and then teach others what they have learned and how it can be visualized in the world around them.

Public Speaking
 




Learning and Conserving Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Learning and Conserving Student Guide (e-publication)

In this activity, students explore energy consumption and conservation by reading utility meters and utility bills, comparing EnergyGuide labels, and exploring electric nameplates. Students conduct comprehensive surveys of the school building and school energy consumption—gathering, recording, and analyzing data, and monitoring energy usage. Students work in groups to develop comprehensive energy management plans for the school that include suggestions for retrofits, systems management, and conservation practices. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

 


 

Monitoring and Mentoring Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Monitoring and Mentoring Student Guide (e-publication)

Students are introduced to methods of measuring energy consumption, determining costs, and quantifying environmental effects through a series of hands-on activities that use the school building as a learning laboratory. Students conduct surveys of the school building and school energy consumption— gathering, recording, and analyzing data, and monitoring energy usage. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

 

 



Museum of Solid Waste and Energy  (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.  Exhibit Questions   



 



Mystery World Tour   (e-publication)

In this activity, students identify the energy challenges of different countries around the world and compare them to the United States. Students create a proposal and a presentation to share with the class, who will tour and try to identify each mystery nation.

Elementary

 



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

PrimaryElementarySecondary

 



Plug Loads  (e-publication)

This unit guides students through an in-depth investigation of electricity consumption by appliances and machines in their school building. Students gather data and calculate energy use and economic and environmental costs over time, and determine ways to reduce consumption.  Plug Loads Worksheet   


 
 



Polymers and Auto Racing  (e-publication)

The objective of this activity is to compare polymers used in racing.

ElementarySecondaryTransportation

 



Saving Energy at Home and School Teacher Guide (e-publication)
Saving Energy at Home and School Student Guide (e-publication)

Students explore energy sources, efficiency, and conservation with hands-on activities for the home and classroom environments. Students and  families  install measures from the Home Energy Efficiency Kits that correspond to the lessons learned in the classroom, and discuss their own energy use.

 
 

 



Schools Going Solar  (e-publication)

This guide provides lessons and activities to support and incorporate installed photovoltaic systems into the classroom learning environment.



 



Smart Meters  (e-publication)

Smart Meters allows students to explore smart meter technology, ways to save energy at home, investigate electricity consumption of electrical devices, and determine ways to reduce energy consumption at home.


 
 



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

 



Transportation Fuels Debate

Students evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of conventional and alternative transportation fuels in a debate format. Teacher instructions and masters are included to help students develop arguments on the merits of each fuel.



 



Transportation Fuels Enigma

Students put on their detective hats to research clues to uncover energy facts about transportation fuels in this cooperative learning activity. Teams use reading, brainstorming, and organizational skills to hide the identity of their transportation fuel while trying to guess which fuels the other teams represent. Teacher instructions and masters are included.  Browser based HTML Version (zipped file) and Instructions for Use     



 



Transportation Fuels Infobook

Students explore conventional and alternative transportation fuels such as petroleum-based fuels, ethanol, electricity, biodiesel, compressed natural gas, and propane. Student backgrounders and suggested activities are included.



  



Transportation Fuels Rock Perfomances (e-publication)

Student rock bands write songs and sing about transportation fuels in this entertaining activity. Audiences learn more from these energy rock stars as they tell their stories to interviewers out to get the latest scoops. Teacher and student instructions are included, along with sample songs and interviews.

 Public Speaking

   



Understanding Climate Change (e-publication)

In two books, the climate change curriculum addresses current concerns about climate change and the science behind the carbon cycle. Students will understand why we use the sources we do, and how their use is impacting the world.  Carbon Cycle Powerpoint  Carbon Cycle Posters 

Climate Change 
 



Understanding Coal (e-publication)      Cool Coal Story Props (pdf)

Hands-on, critical thinking activities that introduce intermediate students to the formation of coal, the coal mining process, reclamation of lands, uses of coal, electricity generation, and advantages and disadvantges of utilizing coal.

Careers
 



U.S. Energy Geography

This HTML based resource includes U.S. maps covering all ten energy sources, energy production, energy consumption, and more! These maps are an excellent resource for any energy- related discussion or multi-disciplinary activity.

  
 
 



Wind for Schools  (e-publication)

This guide provides lessons and activities to support and incorporate small wind systems and wind data into the classroom learning environment.



 



Yesterday in Energy  (e-publication)

This activity allows students to travel back in time without leaving the classroom.  Students conduct interviews and do research to learn about an create exhibits depicting energy use in the good old days.


 
 



Youth Awards Program Guide  (e-publication)

This guide helps classrooms and student groups prepare energy outreach projects and document their work for submission to NEED’s Annual Youth Awards Program for Energy Achievement.


Additional Resources

NEED Curriculum Guides in Spanish

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