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Grades K-2

Introduce students to energy-saving tips with this fun rhyming poem. Copy the activity sheet and distribute it to students. Read the instructions as a class. Complete the activity as a group with younger students. Older students may complete the activity on their own.

Once done, reread the poem as a class and ask students to identify each of the energy-saving tips, which include:

  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

  • Only run the dishwasher when it is full.

  • Shut off the water while you brush your teeth—don’t leave it running. Just wet your brush at the beginning and rinse when done brushing.

  • Turn off the TV when you’re done watching.

  • Walk, bike, or take the subway or bus instead of driving a car when possible.

As a follow-up activity, have students work as a group or independently to create their own poems about green choices they make every day.

Visit the “Family Resources” section by clicking above to download an energy-conservation pledge to copy and send home with students.

Answers (in order of appearance):
day/today, right/light, cup/up, toothbrush/rush, go/show, school/cool