Lesson 1:
Story Time

(1 hour)

Summary
Students participate in an interactive read aloud of Energy Detectives.

  • Relevant Frameworks: RI.1.1, RI.1.2, RI.1.3
  • Lesson Type: Standalone
  • Prep Time: None
  • Storage Space Required: None

 

Lesson 2:
Energy Scavenger Hunt

(1 1/2 hours)

Summary
Students become energy detectives, searching for energy saving and wasting in their class or school.

  • Relevant Frameworks: SL.K.4, SL.K.5, SL.K.6, L.K.1, SEL7, SEL8, APL2, APL3, APL5, APL7, APL8, Math Standard Practice 4
  • Lesson Type: Standalone
  • Prep Time: None
  • Storage Space Required: None

Lesson 3:
Sun Investigation

(1 hour)

Summary
Students make their own picture book showing ways to save energy.

  • Relevant Frameworks: SEL7, SEL11, SEL12, W.K.2
  • Lesson Type: Standalone
  • Prep Time: Over 10 minutes
  • Storage Space Required: 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.