Can you believe it’s November?!  As parent teacher conferences, teacher work days, and fall break draws near, NEED has compiled a few November activities to help lighten the load of your classroom planning.  Gobble up these great energy activities for your classroom!

  • Check out NEED’s This Week in Energy Conservation, an activity designed as a television show with student-correspondents reporting on a variety of energy conservation topics.This fun activity introduces students to energy saving tips, both in the home and on the road! It’s a great way to encourage students to think about energy savings without any fancy equipment.


  • Download the free PDF of NEED’s Cost of a Thanksgiving Meal activity guide.Students will utilize math skills to calculate costs while incorporating energy education! From planning their meal to what appliances are used, natural gas vs. electric appliances, investigating ENERGY STAR® labels and electric nameplates, graphing  results, and more, this activity will get your classroom ready for a holiday celebration!


  • Coloring is therapeutic but can also be educational. Check out NEED’s energy-themed coloring sheets, including a Thanksgiving natural gas page.

With the holidays upon us, many see a higher utility bill with the increased use of kitchen appliances for preparing big meals.  We’ve dished up a few energy saving tips to prevent a fowl mood when that energy bill arrives.

1. Put your cookware to efficient use. A glass or ceramic pan is excellent at retaining heat, and so is using the lid on pots when cooking. It also helps to use the correct pot or pan size on burners; a small pan on a large burner allows heat to escape.

2. Utilize the dishwasher. About 16 percent of all the energy we consume in our homes is used to heat water.Put all dishwasher-safe items in the dishwasher and make sure it’s full before running. This is especially helpful with larger casserole dishes as it will use less energy and water to clean than by hand washing. Use cold water when running the garbage disposal and rinsing dishes before they go into the dishwasher.

3. Maximize! Whenever possible, use a toaster oven or microwave instead of a regular oven. These smaller appliances take less time to cook food and save energy because they are quicker to heat up. Avoid pre-heating the oven for too long, if at all. It’s also good practice to cook several dishes in the oven at once to maximize the concentrated heat source.

4. Keep doors closed and lids shut. While it’s tempting to take a peep or catch a whiff of that delicious dish, try to avoid this as much as possible.Lifting lids from pans and slow cookers or cracking the oven open delays the cooking time and costs you more in energy use, allowing much-needed heat to escape.We also recommend you prep dishes ahead of time to help prevent excessive opening and closing of the refrigerator and freezer doors.


We hope you share with us what energy fun you’re incorporating this fall season! Tag us on FB (@NEEDProject) or Twitter (@NEED_Project).  And be sure to check out the Educators tab on the NEED site!  Great resources like our curriculum resources, curriculum correlations, free energy PPT’s, and interactive maps, are always just a click away.