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Saving Energy–Saving Money (BC)

Subject Area: Science

Link to British Columbia Science Curriculum:
  • Evaluate human impacts on local ecosystems
Links to the New Learning Standards:
  • Identify a question to answer or a problem to solve through scientific inquiry
  • Communicate ideas, findings, and solutions to problems, using scientific language, representations, and digital technologies as appropriate
Brief Overview of the Lesson:

In groups, the students will brainstorm the ways that people impact the environment by using energy. They will access a program on the Internet to learn how they personally can save money by saving energy, and read some facts such as how much money the average household spends on energy.

Estimated Time Required for Implementation:

One class period

Materials Needed:

Copies of the worksheet, smart board (or computers)

Suggested Implementation Strategy:
  • Arrange the students in groups of 4–5.
  • Hand out the worksheet provided called “Ways that People Impact the Environment.”
  • Tell the groups to brainstorm and fill in the circle with as many ways that they can think of that people using energy have an impact on the environment.
  • Lead a discussion about how they personally can reduce the amount of energy they use.
  • Open the following website titled “You Can Make Big Changes”  and read together how they can help save money and energy.
    https://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=kids.kids_text
  • Then open the Energystar website again and read the Fun Facts.
  • When they get to the last section, “Energy in the Home” ask the groups to compare this chart of household expenses with the own lists of estimated costs.
Options for Consideration
  • If computers are available, the teacher may want the students to access the website individually or in pairs, rather than as a whole class.
Extended Learning Opportunities:
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