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Free Energy Education Activities

If you are looking for classroom activities focused on energy consumption that includes actionable ways to teach students about saving energy at your school, you have come to the right place!

These student activities supplement an energy conservation and energy efficiency curriculum. These exercises reinforce teaching and learning and are designed to increase awareness of how conserving energy, water, and materials is achievable in our everyday life.

We’ve divided the activities into six themes, but many are cross-curricular and cross-topic. Many are appropriate for a single class period or take-home assignment. Feel free to use or combine them in any order for a rich learning experience.

Theme

Grade Level

Make a Daily Menu

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) uses a recommended daily value of 2000 Calories (kcal) across all food labels. From this number and some handy math, manufacturers print the percentage of the daily value of each nutrient provided by the food. However, the 2000 Calorie diet is only a simple benchmark for food standards and labeling, and not always appropriate for every lifestyle, health condition, and individual.

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Hunt for Recycling

One of the ways to reduce overall landfill waste, is to remove materials from the waste stream by recycling. Knowing what to recycle is the first step to more sustainable consumption.

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Modes of Transportation

The very first step to thinking about transportation as an energy and resource problem is identifying different modes of transportation. Many forms exist, but they all might not exist in your community. In this activity, students will identify the different modes of transportation.

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Graphing Emissions

Whether light rail trains running on electricity or a private car running on unleaded gasoline, each mode of transportation has a different energy use and carbon intensity.

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Comparing Traffic Graphs

In 2017, the Washington Post pulled together a national analysis of driving distance limitations imposed by traffic during rush hour. Based on the hypothetical scenario of attempting to drive away from a downtown area in America's largest cities, contributor Sahil Chinoy produced a series of graphic representations of the distance achievable when leaving at three different times.

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Looking at Food Labels

In 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) updated the requirements for food labels leaving manufacturers several years to comply. As a result there may be two different food labels on the products around classrooms, lunchrooms, and homes. Both labels have the same information about food, but the format differs slightly.

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When your school participates in and implements a curriculum of energy conservation and energy efficiency, the Watt Watchers of Texas are here to help you supplement your efforts with our free energy activities and lessons to use in your classroom. These energy activities are designed to reinforce teaching and learning as well as increase awareness of how best to conserve energy in our daily lives.

In an effort to make these energy lessons for students as useful as possible for you as teachers, administrators, and staff, we have divided them into six themes which often have cross-over with other categories. Feel free to enact them whichever way you think is best: in-class assignments, take home tasks, or other types of student work. They are also further divided by grade level to help ensure that your students get the right lesson plans for their age.

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