This energy survey uses data collection and math to help students explore and assess their family’s energy use.
Skills supporting learning standards: informative/explanatory text writing, counting, number writing
To help raise student awareness about how they use energy and water, have them complete an energy survey of their homes. Copy and distribute the activity sheet and review the instructions with your students. Remind them that they need to do this activity with a parent or caregiver and then bring the paper back to school.
Once the pages are complete, use the data collected for a counting and graphing exercise. Tally the numbers for each item to create a class total and write these totals on a chart. You can also use these numbers to demonstrate how to create bar graphs or pictographs. As a group, brainstorm five ways to conserve energy in your classroom or school.
What do you think the most water is used for in a home? (toilet flushing)
What is the most electricity used for in a home? (heating)