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Grades K-2

In this activity, students will learn about the ENERGY STAR® they may see on appliances in their homes, and learn tips they can try at home to be more energy efficient as well.

To start, have students brainstorm types of appliances they use or that their families have in their homes. Ask students:
  • What appliances do your families use? (Remind students that appliances are types of machines we have in our homes to do certain jobs. Prompt students to identify appliances like refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, stoves, microwave ovens, toasters, coffeemakers, etc.)

  • What do most appliances need to work? (electricity)

  • What else do we need electricity for in our homes? (lights, elevators, heating, water heating)
Next, make copies of the student reproducible and hand them out to students. Students will need crayons or markers to complete the page. Review the introduction and directions together. Read the tips to younger students and have them color in the star or sad face icons as you read. Older students might complete the page on their own. Then afterward you can review the answers together.

As a follow-up activity, brainstorm with students to review or create additional tips for conserving energy or water in school. Have students create and label pictures to identify these tips and place them on the school hallway bulletin board.

Answers: 1. star; 2. sad face; 3. sad face; 4. star; 5. sad face; 6. star; 7. star; 8. sad face; 9. sad face; 10. star