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Social Studies


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 Efficiency and ConservationScienceLanguage ArtsTechnology
 

 



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 Climate ChangeScienceMath
 
 



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





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.



  



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 Posters

Climate Change
 




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 Efficiency and ConservationScienceLanguage ArtsMath
 
 



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 SourcesScienceLanguage Arts
 
 




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 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.

Intermediate SolarScienceTechnology
 
 



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.

Intermediate WindScienceTechnology
 
 



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 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 Efficiency and ConservationScienceMathTechnology
 
  



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 SourcesLanguage Arts
 
 



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 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.

Intermediate HydropowerScience
 

 



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)      Cool Coal Story Props (pdf)

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 MagnetismScienceLanguage ArtsPublic Speaking
 
 



Exploring 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

Secondary Energy Efficiency and ConservationScience
 
 



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.

SecondaryMathCareersPublic Speaking





Exploring Hydroelectricity Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Exploring Hydroelectricity Student Guide  (e-publication)

These integrated and inquiry-based activities provide secondary students   with   a   comprehensive   study   of   the   scientific, economic, environmental, technological, and societal aspects of hydropower. The kit is comprised of 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.

Secondary HydropowerScienceCareers
 

 



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.


 
 



Exploring Wind Energy Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Exploring Wind Energy Student Guide  (e-publication)

These hands-on critical thinking activities help students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, economic, environmental, technological, and societal aspects of wind energy. 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.

Secondary WindScienceCareers
 

 



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






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 TransportationScienceMathTechnology
 
  



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.

Secondary Energy Efficiency and ConservationScience
 

 



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 Efficiency and ConservationScienceMath
 

 



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. 


 
 



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 ArtsMath
 
  



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 Efficiency and ConservationScienceMathTechnology

 



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

 



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






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.

Primary Elementary Intermediate CoalScienceTechnology
 
 



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 TransportationScienceLanguage Arts
 
 



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 Secondary TransportationScienceLanguage Arts
 
 



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 TransportationScienceLanguage ArtsTechnology
 
  



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 TransportationScienceLanguage ArtsCreative ArtsPublic Speaking
 
   



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.

Elementary Intermediate Secondary Energy in Society
 



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

 



Water and Energy Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Water and Energy Student Guide  (e-publication)

Primary students are introduced to forms of energy, properties of water as a solid, liquid, and gas, and the concept of moving water as an energy source through reading and inquiry-based hands-on activities. The kit comes with a Teacher Guide, a class set of student guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

Primary HydropowerScience
 

 



Wind is Energy Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Wind is Energy Student Guide  (e-publication)

Students begin to develop an understanding of how wind is formed and used as an energy source through hands-on activities and teacher-supported reading. Students will learn to measure wind speed and direction, and investigate how wind can do work. The kit comes with a Teacher Guide, a class set of student guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities, including two KidWind Weightlifter Turbines.

Primary WindScience
 

 



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 the Sun Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Wonders of the Sun Student Guide  (e-publication)

Elementary students develop a basic understanding of solar energy through background reading and classroom activities. Hands-on activities demonstrate solar energy transformations into kinetic energy, thermal 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.

Elementary SolarScience
 

 



Wonder of Water Teacher Guide  (e-publication)
Wonder of Water Student Guide  (e-publication)

Elementary students learn about the forms of energy, electricity, electrical circuits, properties of water, and how water is used as an energy source through reading, hands-on investigations, and language arts activities. The kit comes with a Teacher Guide, a class set of Student Guides, and the materials necessary to conduct the activities.

Elementary HydropowerScience
 

 



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.