The Power of Green program reinforces language arts, math, and science skills while exploring tips for conserving energy and recycling, and teaching about electric and gas safety.
Use math and language skills to decode messages
Learn tips for saving energy and being safe around electricity and gas
Participate in group discussions
Be a Safety Sleuth Activity Sheet printable
Help New York Save Energy Poster printable
Power Safety Team Badge Activity Sheet printable
Make copies of the Be a Safety Sleuth Activity Sheet printable
Make a copy of the Help New York Save Energy Poster printable
Arrange to view the video as a class
Step 1. To start, lead a class discussion about energy safety. Explain to the class that electricity and gas provide us with energy. Ask why it is important to be safe around these energy sources. Answers may include to avoid getting hurt or causing fires.
Step 2. Explain that some appliances use natural gas to work. Tell students that natural gas has no scent—a chemical is added that makes it smell like rotten eggs.
Step 3. Watch the “Power Safety Team” video found at scholastic.com/powerofgreen. Review the video’s gas-safety messages. Tell students that if they smell rotten eggs, there may be a natural gas leak nearby. Gas leaks are dangerous. Children should tell a grown-up right away. No one should turn on appliances, lights, or even use a cell phone because these activities can produce sparks, which can cause the gas to ignite. Everyone must get away from the smell immediately. Once everyone is a safe distance away from the smell, the grown-up should call the gas company or 911 to report it.
Step 4. Next, talk with the class about energy conservation. Ask students to identify ways they save energy at home or at school. Answers may include turning off lights, recycling, etc.
Step 5. Display the poster. Ask students to share additional tips for saving energy. Then invite students to sign the pledge.
Step 6. Distribute copies of the Be a Safety Sleuth Activity Sheet printable, and review the directions as a class. When complete, review the answers below together. Challenge students to create their own coded sentences about energy safety and conservation on the back of the page. Students can switch papers and complete each other’s sentences.
1. Natural gas smells like rotten eggs.
2. If you smell gas, tell a grown-up. It could mean that there’s a gas leak, which can be dangerous.
3. Do not turn on lights or appliances. Do not use your cell phone. Sparks could trigger an explosion.
4. Move away from the smell. Then ask an adult to call 911 or the gas company to report it.
1. Never pull electric cords to unplug electronics.
2. Do not use electronics if the wires are broken. Replace the device.
3. Do not play or go near wires that have fallen down outside.
Brainstorm additional energy conservation and safety messages to add to your class pledge. Then have students create their own pledges for their families to sign.