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Grades 3-5

In this activity, students will learn about some ways buildings are going green. They will then brainstorm things their families can do at home to save energy or use it more efficiently.

  1. Start by asking students the following questions:
    • What does being “green” mean? (Explain that “green” is a term used to describe ways of saving energy or using energy more efficiently or with less waste.)
    • What are some things people do to be green? (shut off lights and appliances when not in use, shop with reusable bags, take shorter showers, buy Energy Star ® appliances, unplug phone chargers, etc.)
    • How does being green help the environment? (Explain that it can help conserve natural resources, reduce pollution, and decrease the amount of trash going to landfills.)
    • Can buildings be green?
  2. Copy and distribute the student reproducible. Review and discuss the information as a class. Ask students if they know of any other green buildings.
  3. Remind students that these examples are being done on a large scale for buildings. However, we can all do things at home and in school as individuals, families, and small groups to help save energy.
  4. Have students work independently or in groups to brainstorm ways their families can save energy. Once done, ask them to share their ideas.
  5. Finish the activity by creating a list of tips your class can do to help save energy at school. Post the list in the classroom as a reminder.

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