Use this decoding puzzle to teach students about practicing energy safety.
Skills supporting learning standards: analytical thinking, participating in group discussions, problem-solving
1. Ask students:
- How do you stay safe while playing sports? (wear padding, protective gear, helmets, etc.)
- How do you stay safe while riding in a car? (wear a seat belt)
- How do you stay safe while using electricity? (don't put fingers in electrical sockets, don't use appliances near water, don't overload outlets, don't use frayed electrical cords, never touch a downed power line, let a parent know when there's an issue, have a parent oversee use of appliances)
2. Distribute copies of the student worksheet. Tell students that "The Wrench" works at Con Edison. With this worksheet, Con Edison is sending "The Wrench" to schools to share important information about energy safety. But his safety messages got all mixed up and he needs help to straighten them out.
3. Allow time for students to complete the worksheet. If it is too challenging for younger children, students may work in pairs. After they have completed the worksheet, ask students to discuss why energy safety is important.
plugs; socket; water; cord; unplug; power line. Riddle Answer: electric eels