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CoverEinSchool.jpgEnergy and Your School Activity Guide
This guide contains hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons that support school building energy efficiency. Below are links to each lesson in the guide along with supporting resources. Printed copies of the guide are only available to educators who take a KEEP NRES 634 course or a Utilizing Your School Building as a Teaching Tool: Investigations in Energy Efficiency workshop.

Guide Introduction
Cross-reference chart - Activities by Grade Level
Cross-reference chart - Activities by Subject Area
Cross-reference chart - Activities by Multiple Intelligences
Cross-reference chart - Activities by Teaching Methods
Cross-reference chart - Activities by Assessment Strategies
Cross-reference chart - Activities and Concepts
Cross-reference chart - Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
Cross-reference chart - Wisconsin Standards for Environmental Literacy and Sustainability
Energy Resource Fact Sheets
Creating an Energy Committee in Your School
Myths about Energy in Schools

School Energy Sparks
Short, introductory activities for your students.
School Energy Users
School Energy Savers
What's the Definition?
Energy Audit Pop Quiz


At Watt Rate (Grades 5-8 / 9-12)
Students complete a survey to determine how much electricity various appliances in their home use.
Classroom Energy Flow (Grades K-4)
Students create an energy flow diagram of their classroom by labeling and describing how objects in their classroom transfer energy.
Cost of Computers (Grades 5-8)
Students calculate and compare electrical costs of computers in various modes.
The Cost of Using Energy (Grades 5-8 / 9-12)
Students calculate the cost of energy used by various products found in the home and at school.
Supplement this activity with information from KEEP's home energy education page
Demanding School Electric Bills (Grades 9-12 / 5-8)
Students examine a school electric bill and interpret a story to identify energy users and analyze peak demand. 
Electric Charades (Grades K-4)
Students illustrate through a whole-body demonstration how electricity flows from the power plant to appliances in their classroom.
Energy Action Plan (Grades 9-12 / 5-8)
Students develop an action plan that addresses an issue related to energy resource management.
Energy Investigations for School Buildings  (Grades 9-12 / 5-8)
Based on the analysis of a school's energy audit, students report where energy could be saved or used more efficiently. 
Is Your Classroom Energy Efficient? (Grades K-12)
Students inspect their classroom to see where energy is being used and conserved.
Light and Your Load (Grades 9-12 / 5-8) 
Students conduct lighting surveys to calculate the cost to light their homes and compare that to the cost of lighting their classroom.
Light Savers (Grades K-4)
Students create posters that represent various light sources.
Pulling the Plug on Phantom Loads (Grades K-4)
Students identify classroom appliances that use electricity even when turned off and how using a power strip can save electricity. 
Reading Utility Bills (Grades 5-8 / 9-12)
Students recognize and interpret electricity and natural gas use patterns for one year by reading a set of utility bills.
Sample Utility Bills
We Energies
We Energies, Solar Cogeneration
WPPI Energy (Columbus Water & Light)
Xcel Energy
Reading Utility Meters (Grades 5-8 / 9-12)
Students observe and interpret daily and weekly patterns of energy consumption by reading utility meters.
Sample Digital Meter Readings
Readings A 
Readings B
Readings C
School Appliance Inventory (Grades K-12)
Students design an inventory tool to assess the types and quantity of electrical devices found in their school. 
Seeking Inhabitable Schools (Grades K-12)
Through a game of hide and seek, students identify systems in their school that use energy and make the school's physical environment livable. 
School Savings (Grades 5-8 / 9-12)
Through a board game, students quiz each other on ways to save energy in a school.

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