Lesson 4: Favorite Energy-Saving Tips
40 minutes, plus homework time
Worksheet 4, pens/pencils, markers, crayons, Cray-Pas, or colored pencils, large index cards or blank postcards (optional)
Language Arts, Social Studies
1. Explain to students that they now have all the information they need to become super energy savers. Encourage them to go home and talk to their parents about energy conservation. If you haven't already distributed the family materials, pass them out now. Have students share the materials with their families and play the Power Hours game.
2. Tell students that they have a chance to show off what they know in two ways. First, they can explain the tips on the Power Hours game to their parents and look for ways to save energy at home. Second, as a class, they will be designing postcards to share what they have learned about energy conservation with members of their community. Distribute Worksheet 4.
3. Show students the postcard template on the worksheet. Explain that every piece of mail has its own rules. Postcards are special pieces of mail that usually have an image on the front, and a short message and a mailing address on the back.
4. For this activity, students will write their favorite energy-saving activity on the back of the postcard on the left-hand side. On the front of the postcard, they will illustrate their favorite energy-saving activity.
5. Have students write "Draft" in large letters on the top of their worksheets. Give them a moment to consider all the energy tips they learned in the Energy Savers program. If necessary, have them brainstorm and write out what they remember on a scrap piece of paper. Then have them choose their favorite energy-saving activity to write about and illustrate.
6. Instruct students to write a draft of their favorite tip and plan out their sketch on their draft postcard. Explain that their final postcards will be neater and more effective if they have the opportunity to revise their work.
7. Have students exchange work with another student. Allow the students to share ideas and feedback with each other by answering the following questions:
- Is my classmate's energy-saving activity clearly described?
- Did my classmate give a good reason for choosing that energy-saving activity?
- Is my classmate's energy-saving activity clearly illustrated?
9. As a final project, you may choose to have students create actual postcards and mail them to friends or relatives. They will need to bring the person's address and a postcard stamp to class. As an alternative, you may choose to provide a second copy of Worksheet 4 and have students create a final draft of the postcard on a fresh postcard template. Depending on the final form of the postcard, distribute either blank postcards or a second copy of Worksheet 4. If you run out of time in class, you may wish to have your students create their final postcard at home or the next day in class.
Now that your students have shared their favorite energy-saving activities, have them engage their families in making an energy-saving pledge. First, guide your students to write a persuasive paragraph that explains why they think their families should pledge to save more energy. Then have them copy their persuasive paragraphs onto the Energy Savers Pledge sheet. Send the Energy Tracker family activity home with them to complete with their families and learn more about their families' energy use. Finally, assign them to complete the family pledge as homework.
Energy Savers Pledge sheet: English • Spanish
Energy Tracker family activity: English • Spanish