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Math

Math

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 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.

Primary Elementary Energy EfficiencyScience
 





Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage  (e-publication)

This guide incorporates informational text and hands-on explorations  to  teach  students  about  the  properties  of carbon dioxide. Students also explore existing and developing technologies that allow carbon to be captured from stationary sources, utilized for production, or stored in geologic formations.

Secondary ScienceSocial StudiesTechnology
   
  



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 MagnetismScienceLanguage ArtsTechnology
 
 



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
 





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.

Elementary Intermediate Secondary

 



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 SourcesScienceLanguage Arts
 
 



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.

Elementary Intermediate Energy EfficiencyScienceSocial StudiesTechnology
 
 



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.

Elementary Intermediate Secondary Energy Sources
 



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 Coal  (e-publication)

A multi-disciplinary unit that addresses the science behind coal and how it is used for energy and industry. Hands-on, critical thinking, and laboratory excercises expose secondary students to coal formation, coal mining, reclamation of lands, uses of coal, electricity generation, and the advantages and disadvantges of utilizing coal.

SecondarySocial StudiesCareersPublic Speaking





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.

Intermediate Secondary TransportationScienceTechnology
 
 


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.







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.

 

 



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.

Primary Elementary TransportationScienceSocial StudiesTechnology
 
  



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
 




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.

Elementary Intermediate Energy EfficiencyScienceSocial Studies
 

 



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 SourcesScienceLanguage ArtsSocial Studies
 
  



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.

Primary Elementary Science of EnergyScience
 

 



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.

  Language Arts

 



Schools Going Solar  (e-publication)

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

Intermediate Secondary SolarScienceTechnology
 
 



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.

Language ArtsPublic 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 EnergyScienceLanguage Arts
 
 



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.







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

 



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.

Intermediate Secondary WindScienceTechnology
 
 



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