Curriculum

 

Various activity guides have been developed for Wisconsin educators based on the Conceptual Guide to K-12 Energy Education in Wisconsin, found below. These activity guides will help you as you develop your curriculum. Activities found in these guides are specific to Wisconsin and align to Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards. Revisions are ongoing, and the Energy Education, Doable Renewables, and Energy and Your School guides have also been correlated to the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Conceptual Guide to K-12 Energy Education in Wisconsin

 

The KEEP Conceptual Guide to K-12 Energy Education in Wisconsin provides the conceptual framework for the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program. It divides energy education into four themes and identifies 59 energy-related concepts within those themes. The conceptual framework themes are: We Need Energy, Developing Energy Resources, Effects of Energy Resource Development, and Managing Energy Resource Use.

 

For more information or to download the Conceptual Guide for free click here.

 

KEEP Energy Education Activity Guide​

 

The KEEP Energy Education Activity Guide is only available to educators who take KEEP's NRES 630 Energy Education in the Classroom course. Please check our Professional Development pages for course schedules or contact the KEEP office for how to schedule a course. The KEEP Energy Education Activity Guide contains 44 hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons that are aligned with Wisconsin's academic standards and make energy relevant to students' lives. Like the conceptual framework, the guide is organized around the four themes: We Need Energy, Developing Energy Resources, Effects of Energy Resource Development, and Managing Energy Resource Use.

 

For more information and to download selected parts of the KEEP Energy Education Activity Guide, including the table of contents, click here.

The activities have also been correlated​ to the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.  

In 2007, the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program received a grant from the Wisconsin Environmental Education Board (WEEB) to conduct a specialized KEEP course for Social Studies teachers. The outcome of the course was to provide Social Studies teachers and their students with energy-enriched lessons and teaching strategies. The course instructors and teachers worked together to cross-reference academic standards in social studies to the KEEP conceptual framework. They identified existing activities in the KEEP guides that are particularly useful for teachers of Social Studies and they each developed an additional activity that highlights energy aspects of one or more social studies concepts. View this resource here.

Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Supplement

 

The KEEP Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education Supplement is only available to educators who take KEEP's NRES 632 Doable Renewables: Renewable Energy Education in the Classroom course. Please check our Professional Development pages for course schedules or contact the KEEP office for how to schedule a course. This course offers renewable energy hands-on activities, class discussions, and classroom-based applications to help teachers analyze energy information and create strategies and techniques to enhance their students' understanding of renewable energy. This renewable energy curriculum, designed for K-12 teachers to use in their classrooms, includes 20 activities such as Catch That Wind, Placement Matters, Renewable Candy Resources, and Working Water.

 

The activities have also been correlated​ to the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.  

View the Course Support page.

 

 

Energy and Your School: School Building Energy Efficiency Education Supplement

 

The KEEP Energy and Your School: School Building Energy Efficiency Education Supplement is only available to educators who take KEEP's NRES 634 School Building Energy Efficiency Education course. Please check our Professional Development page for course schedules or contact the KEEP office for how to schedule a course. This course focuses on evaluating the energy use in school buildings and guiding K-12 teachers towards utilizing the school building as a learning tool for energy education. This school energy efficiency curriculum, designed for K-12 teachers to use in their classrooms, includes activities such as Pulling the Plug on Phantom Loads, Light and Your Load, Cost of Computers, and Demanding School Electric Bills.

The activities have also been correlated​ to the new Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.  ​ 

Copies of this guide are available for purchase for $90. Please contact the KEEP office for details (keep@uwsp.edu​). 

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Elementary Supplement: Know the Flow of Energy in Your School

 

The KEEP Know the Flow of Energy in Your School is a supplement to the KEEP Energy Education Activity Guide specifically for teachers of kindergarten through fourth grade students. This publication includes activities that address State Academic Standards, assessments, and extensions. It is available for free download in English or Spanish, below.

 

More than 2,000 elementary teachers have participated in KEEP classes. They report that their students greatly enjoy participating in KEEP activities and have learned much more about important energy concepts. Teachers of young students especially appreciate KEEP activities because energy is an abstract subject and their students think at the concrete operational level. KEEP activities help address the learning needs of younger students. Therefore, elementary teachers greatly desire and have requested more activities to help make energy relevant and interesting to their students’ lives. The Know the Flow of Energy in Your School supplement is designed to help the teacher use the school as an educational tool by introducing kindergarten through fourth grade students to energy in a way that connects it directly to their lives. It’s designed to make learning fun through 11 hands-on, exploratory activities. 

 

Know the Flow of Energy in Your School

Download a Spanish translation of Know the Flow of Energy in Your School. Please note, this document is in draft form and we welcome any reviews or comments.

 

Know the Flow of Energy in Your School - Spanish Translation

 

Renewable Energy Education Activities Adapted for K-4

 

The activities were adapted from a variety of activity guides for K-4 teachers. Activities include Don't Waste Waste (Biomass), Let it Flow (Hydroelectricity), Schoolyard Breezes (Wind), and Solar Explorations (Solar). This document is in draft form and is available for free download.

 

Renewable Energy Education Activities Adapted for K-4

 

BioFutures: Biomass Energy Education Supplement

KEEP's BioFutures: Biomass Energy Education Supplement is available for free download. It is very important that students experience activities which will enable them to understand renewable energy and biomass energy concepts. Moreover, it is crucial that students gain an appreciation for renewable energy resources at an early age. This early awareness will support their further explorations of biomass energy resource development and use. BioFutures includes several activities that will support awareness of biomass energy resources.

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Activity Support

Energy Education Teaching Ideas for Homeschool

KEEP conducted a workshop at the annual Energy Fair for homeschool teachers in 2004. During this workshop, educators received a kit of hands-on resources related to key renewable energy concepts. The participants were also asked to review existing KEEP activities and to provide advice on how they could be adapted for the homeschool setting. The participants recommended that a curriculum for homeschool should contain extensive background information and a list of complementary teaching ideas (or "Energy Sparks"). By providing "Energy Sparks" each parent can adapt the activity to meet the individual learning needs of his or her child. We hope you find this document useful. Available for free download.

Energy Education Teaching Ideas for Homeschool

Energy Fun Pack

 

This mini-activity workbook has something for everyone! Look inside for an easy-to-build solar hot dog cooker, an energy word seek and crossword puzzle, fun facts and energy saving tips. Available for free download.

 

Energy Fun Pack

 

Renewable Energy in Building Science Conceptual Framework

Since a consistent building science curriculum does not exist at the high school level in Wisconsin, this framework was produced as a reference tool for teachers to use when developing their coursework. This framework serves as the foundation for a curriculum. The concepts contained within the framework provide the basis for a strong, organized and comprehensive curriculum.

In an effort to provide learning concepts in the evolving fields of building science and renewable energy, this framework aims to assist educators in building a curriculum that best fits the needs of their unique education programs. As this framework develops, we welcome constructive feedback and encourage teachers and curriculum developers to assist with modifications to make this reference tool even more comprehensive and useful for the classroom.

This framework and its concepts were derived from multiple sources, including energy education and renewable energy experts, organizations and resources, which are listed in the acknowledgment section.

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