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
Crack the Code! Activity Sheet printable
Help New York Save Energy Poster printable
Power Safety Team Badge Activity Sheet printable
Make copies of the Crack the Code! Activity Sheet printable and the Power Safety Team Badge Activity Sheet printable for each student
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 Crack the Code! Activity Sheet printable and review the directions as a class. Have older students use the key to fill in missing letters. With younger students, read each tip aloud and have the class predict what the word with missing letters is. Then have students write in the letters. Review the answers as a class.
1. eggs; 2. grown-up; 3. cords; 4. drinks; 5. broken; 6. tell, not safe. Challenge: off, you, room
Step 7. Distribute copies of the Power Safety Team Badge Activity Sheet printable after viewing the video. Students can color the page and take it home to share with their families.