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.
This storybook features two young children who learn about electrical and gas safety in the home, including what gas leaks smell like. Read the story as a class to introduce your students to these important safety messages, and then use the activities to reinforce the concepts presented.
Skills supporting learning standards: listening comprehension, making inferences, interpreting illustrations, participating in group discussions
- The Power Safety Team Mini-Storybook printable
- The Power Safety Team Mini-Storybook Spanish printable
- Energy Safety Tips for Families printable
- Energy Safety Tips for Families Spanish printable
- Something Smells Rotten! Student Activity Sheet printable
- Safe or Not Safe? Student Activity Sheet printable
Step 1: To start the lesson, ask students:
- What do you do to be safe around electricity?
Answers might include not putting anything into an outlet, not playing with electric equipment or cords, etc.
- Why is it important to be safe near electricity?
You could get shocked or burned.
- Some appliances, such as stoves, heaters, and clothes dryers, may need natural gas to work. Does anyone know what natural gas smells like?
Explain that it smells like rotten eggs.
- Why is it important to be safe near gas?
Students might note that being unsafe near gas could cause a fire.
Step 2: Explain to students that you’re going to read a story so they can learn some things they can do to be safe. Distribute copies of The Power Safety Team Mini-Storybook printable so students can follow along as you read to the class.
Step 3: After reading, review what Lucy and Mateo learned. Ask students:
- What does gas smell like?
- What should you do if you smell gas?
Tell a grown-up you know. Explain to students that the grown-up should get everyone away from the area and then call the gas company or 911 to report the smell. It could be a gas leak. That can be dangerous.
- What should you do if you see a cord or electric wire that is broken?
Stay away and tell a grown-up.
- According to Lucy, what two things do not go together?
Electricity and liquids. Remind students that they should keep drinks away from electronics, and that electronics should not be near water.
Step 4: To reinforce the messages in The Power Safety Team Mini-Storybook, complete the following activities using the Something Smells Rotten! Student Activity Sheet and Safe or Not Safe? Student Activity Sheet printables.
Something Smells Rotten!
In this activity, students will create their own mini-books using the Something Smells Rotten! Student Activity Sheet printable.
Step 1: Read the instructions on the Something Smells Rotten! Student Activity Sheet printable with your class.
Step 2: Have students cut and fold the page to create a mini-book.
Step 3: Tell students to use words from the word bank to complete the sentences in the story.
Step 4: Give students time to color their books.
Step 5: Review the answers to the fill-in-the-blank sentences with your class:
- Natural gas smells like rotten eggs.
- If you smell gas, tell a grown-up you know.
- A grown-up should get everyone away from the smell. Then the grown-up should call the gas company or 911.
Safe or Not Safe?
Use the Safe or Not Safe? Student Activity Sheet printable to reinforce safe and unsafe behaviors around electricity and gas.
Step 1: Have students cut out the eight images on the Safe or Not Safe? Student Activity Sheet printable.
Step 2: Help students sort the eight images into the correct category: safe or not safe.
Step 3: Have students glue the images under the correct header.
Step 4: Review the answers as a class and read the information in the parentheses below to explain why the images are unsafe.
- intact cord
- cord tucked behind microwave
- grown-up turning on stove
- power strip with only a few items plugged in
Not safe images:
- frayed or broken cord (could cause shocks or catch fire)
- microwave cord hanging off the counter (could get pulled and cause microwave to fall)
- boy turning on stove (only adults should touch stoves and ovens)
- overloaded power strip (could cause a fire; only adults should plug in items)
Step 5: Brainstorm additional items that might go under each category, such as staying away from downed wires, putting only plugs into electric outlets, not drinking water or any liquid near computers, and always telling a trusted grown-up if they see something that is not safe.
When students have completed the activities, send home The Power Safety Team Mini-Storybook, the Safe or Not Safe? Student Activity Sheet, and the Something Smells Rotten! Student Activity Sheet for kids to read with their parents.
Make copies of the Energy Safety Tips for Families printable and send them home with students. The page includes gas and electrical safety tips that could help keep families safe.