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.

KEEP Energy Education Activity Guide​

 

The KEEP Energy Education Activity Guide contains 48 hands-on, interdisciplinary lessons and over 100 Energy Sparks, or suggested teaching variations, that are aligned with Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). These activities make energy relevant to students' lives. The activities include all required handouts, assessment strategies, and comprehensive descriptions of the activity. Printed copies of the guide are only available to educators who participate in a KEEP NRES 630 course or an Increasing Student Engagement and Literacy Skills through Energy workshop. Visit our Professional Development page for course upcoming professional development opportunities or contact the KEEP office to schedule an opportunity.

The KEEP Energy Education Activity Guide is organized around four themes: We Need Energy, Developing Energy Resources, Effects of Energy Resource Development, Managing Energy Resource Use. Learn more about each them in the KEEP Conceptual Guide to K-12 Energy Education in Wisconsin.

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.  

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 officefor 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.  ​ 

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

Renewable Energy in Building Science Conceptual Framework

Building Science is the branch of science dealing with construction, maintenance, safety, and energy efficiency of buildings (Krigger: glossary). By incorporating building science topics or lessons into the curriculum, you bring real life situations into the classroom. It is important to inform students (future home buyers) to recognize a healthy home.

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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