Lesson 1:
Ada Twist, The Green Team

(45 minutes - 2 hours)

Summary
Students watch and reflect on Ada Twist and her friends as they brainstorm ways to help the planet and participate in Earthfest.

  • Relevant Frameworks: RI.3.7, SL3.1, L.3.3, 3-LS4-4, VA:Cr1.2.2a
  • Lesson Type: Standalone
  • Prep Time: None
  • Storage Space: None

Lesson 2:
Story Time

(1 hour)

Summary
The class reads Energy Detectives, and students engage in corresponding literacy activities.

  • Relevant Frameworks: RI.3.7, SL3.1, ELA & STE practices
  • Lesson Type: Standalone
  • Prep Time: Under 10 min
  • Storage Space: None

Lesson 3:
Earthfest! 

(1 hour)

Summary
Students plan and put on their own Earthfest event.

  • Relevant Frameworks: D4.7.K-2, RI.3.7, SL3.1, L.3.3, SEL11, SEL12, 3-LS3-2, VA:Cr1.2.2a
  • Lesson Type: Builds on previous lesson
  • Prep Time: Over 10 min
  • Storage Space: Rolling cart

Lesson 4:
Climate Change Art

(1 1/2 hours)

Summary
Students look at a piece of climate art and respond to reflection/discussion questions. Then students have the opportunity to create their own art piece.

  • Relevant Frameworks: L4.4, SL4.1, SS & STE practices
  • Lesson Type: Builds on previous lesson
  • Prep Time: None
  • Storage Space: Tote bag

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Energy Detectives - Build energy-efficient model homes

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Rationale

Heating and cooling of buildings is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. cities and towns. Burning of fossil fuels for energy results in high costs to residents as well as pollution that leads to environmental and health concerns.

Illnesses associated with fossil fuel pollution include chronic cough, asthma, lung cancer, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments. Energy efficiency measures can support good physical and mental health by creating healthier indoor living environments, which include improved air temperatures, noise levels, humidity levels and air quality.

The book Energy Detectives was written by Madelyn Rosenberg, illustrated by Paul Meisel, and funded by Cooler Communities to help children better understand how to conserve energy at home. Our hope is that educators will read the book with students in the classroom and incorporate some or all of our accompanying solutions-based curriculum into their instruction.

Additionally, we hope children will learn to understand and advocate for changes to energy consumption in their communities. This starts with encouraging their adult family members to make changes to more efficiently insulate and power their homes.