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Language Arts

Language Arts


Primary Energy Infobook   (e-publication)
Elementary Energy Infobook   (e-publication)
Intermediate Energy Infobook   (e-publication)
Secondary 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.

   Energy SourcesEnergy EfficiencyClimate Change
 

 


All About Coal  (e-publication)      Cool Coal Story Props (pdf)   The Tale of Fern Fossil (Ppt)

Hands-on, multi-disciplinary activities that introduce primary and elementary students to the formation of coal, the coal mining process, reclamation of lands, and the uses of coal.

Creative Arts




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.

Primary

 


Building Science  (e-publication)

This unit teaches the science behind keeping building occupants healthy and comfortable and the buildings energy efficient. Activities introduce the house as a system, explore conduction with insulation materials, look at heat transfer using infrared thermometers, simulate home airflow, and test building performance measures. The kit includes a Teacher Guide, a class set of student guides, and all of the tools and materials necessary to conduct the activities.

Intermediate Energy EfficiencyScienceTechnology
 


 

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.

Elementary Intermediate Electricity and MagnetismScienceMathTechnology




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

These guides include background information and hands-on experiments to explore the different forms of energy and how energy is transformed from one form to another. Groups of students master six stations, then teach others about the energy transformations at their stations. Teacher demonstrations are included to introduce the unit. Reinforcement activities are also included. The stations include equipment to teach transformations focusing on kinetic and potential energy, heat, light, motors, batteries, and electromagnetism.

ElementaryScience of EnergyPublic Speaking
 




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.

Elementary Intermediate TransportationScienceTechnology
 



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.

Elementary Intermediate Secondary
 



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

Intermediate Secondary Energy SourcesScienceSocial Studies
 




Energy Expo and 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.

Elementary Intermediate Secondary Energy SourcesPublic Speaking
 



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.

Primary Elementary ScienceCreative Arts
 



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.

Elementary Intermediate Secondary Science of EnergyScience





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   

Primary Elementary Intermediate Secondary Energy SourcesScienceMath
 



Energy in the Balance  (e-publication)

This activity introduces elementary students to the advantages and disadvantages of the major energy sources through a series of critical thinking, charting, and graphing activities.

Elementary Energy SourcesSocial Studies
 



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 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.


 




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.

Primary Elementary Energy SourcesElectricity and MagnetismScienceSocial StudiesPublic Speaking
  



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 Climate Change (e-publication)

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
 
 



Exploring Nuclear Energy  (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
   



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.






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.


 



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.

Elementary Intermediate Science of Energy
 



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
 




Mission Possible  (e-publication)

Mission Possible is an activity in which students are challenged to develop an energy plan for a growing country.  Students consider the advantages and disadvantages of the energy sources available for them to use so that they can increase electricity production while maintaining environmental quality and quality of life.  Mission Possible Spreadsheet

Secondary Energy SourcesElectricity and Magnetism
 



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.


 



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. 


 



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   


 



Primary 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. The Primary Energy Carnival contains nine games appropriate for students in grades K-3.

Primary Elementary Energy SourcesScienceMathSocial Studies
  



School Energy Survey Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
School Energy Survey Student Guide  (e-publication)

Students investigate all aspects of their school’s energy consumption by conducting a comprehensive energy audit and developing an energy conservation plan to implement.

  
 



Secondary Science of Energy  (e-publication)

These guides include background information and hands-on experiments to explore the different forms of energy and how energy is transformed from one form to another. Groups of students master six stations, then teach others about the energy transformations at their stations. Teacher demonstrations are included to introduce the unit. Reinforcement activities are also included. The stations include equipment to teach transformations focusing on kinetic and potential energy, heat, light, motors, batteries, and electromagnetism.

Public Speaking
 




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.


 



Talking 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.
Technology

  



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

This unit includes hands-on experiments that explore concepts of thermodynamics. The guide includes detailed teacher instructions, a list of materials, and student worksheets. Thermal energy topics covered include: molecular structure, conduction, convection, radiation, specific heat, heat of fusion, and heat of vaporization.

Secondary Science of EnergyScienceMath
 



Today in Energy  (e-publication)

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


 



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.

Intermediate Secondary TransportationScienceSocial Studies
 



Transportation Fuels Enigma (e-publication)

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   

Intermediate SecondaryScienceSocial Studies
 



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.

Intermediate Secondary TransportationScienceSocial StudiesTechnology
  



Transportation Fuels Rock Performances (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.

Elementary Intermediate Secondary TransportationScienceSocial StudiesCreative ArtsPublic 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
 



Wonders of 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.

ElementaryTechnology







Wonders of Wind Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Wonders of Wind Student Guide  (e-publication)

Elementary students learn about wind through reading and activities that focus on observation and inquiry. Students will learn to measure wind speed and direction, and will investigate how wind does work and generates electricity. The kit comes with a Teacher Guide, a class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities, including one KidWind Weightlifter Turbine and one KidWind Basic Turbine.

Elementary WindScience
 

 



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.