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Saving Energy-Saving Money (MB)

Subject Area: Education for Sustainable Development

Link(s) to the Manitoba Education for Sustainable Development Curriculum:
  • Make informed and responsible decisions, playing active roles as citizens of Canada and the world, and contribute to social, environmental, and economic well-being, and an equitable quality of life for all, now and in the future.
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 can personally 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.
  • 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: