Watt Watchers of Texas has developed an energy efficiency curriculum supplement for grades K-12 called Knowledge is Power. These lesson plans on energy conservation and energy efficiency are correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and include starter activities, extensions and discussion questions. The lessons range from coloring pages and school lighting surveys to cost effective buying and appliance surveys. Knowledge is Power covers a broad subject range including math, science, social studies, and language arts.
Example of Lessons available :
Secret Mission Behind Power Lines : Watt Watchers Survey
This lesson allows students to survey the school for energy waste or savings to determine if being Watt Watchers will save energy and money for their school using math, science, social studies and reading skills.
Energy Trip Ticket
Students learn about wasting energy, conserving energy, energy crisis and what to do about it by doing these hands on, minds on, classroom activity using social studies, math, science, and language arts skills.
Conserving Electricity : TURN IT OFF!
Students learn why saving energy helps reduce air pollution. They will also learn how electricity is produced and sent to homes, schools, and businesses using science, social studies, and language arts skills.
Energy Home Survey
Students conduct home energy survey and answer questions to learn about appliances and air leaks in the home. Students discuss ways to save energy and develop a plan to start saving energy at home using science, social studies and language arts skills.
Air Leakage at Home
Students learn how to stop air leaks in the home by installing switch plate and plug sealers and making draft dodgers. This will help the students become better energy savers and use math, science, social studies and reading skills.
The Pay Me Game
Students will use play money to understand the dollar cost of their energy bills by using math and science skills.
How Much Energy Do You Use?
Students will do a home energy survey, which will help them determine which appliances in their homes are energy gobbler appliances. They will work on utility math problems and a comparison of the results using science, math, social studies, reading and writing skills.
Incandescent vs. Fluorescent - Battle of the Bulbs
Students will learn how to be energy efficient at home. They will do a home energy survey for fluorescent lights and compare the wattage use of a compact fluorescent light and incandescent light using math, science, and social studies skills.
Each lesson in Knowledge is Power is correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The subject, grade level and TEKS number are listed on the lesson. Of course this numbered “code” might not be of use to teachers outside Texas. So, we have included a link to the Texas Education Agency Webpage for you here. You can look up the TEKS from the lesson you are looking at to match them to your state standards.