What could we do to use less energy? Distribute this quiz to get students to think about conserving energy.
Skills supporting learning standards: reading comprehension, analytical thinking, participating in group discussions
1. Ask students: How do you use energy? (using lights, playing computer and video games, riding in a car) Ask: What could you do to use less energy? (Answers will vary.)
2. Distribute copies of the student worksheet. Tell students that this quiz will help them find ways to use less energy in their own lives. Allow time for students to take the quiz.
3. Discuss the results with students. Discuss similarities and differences among students' energy habits.
4. Tell students how saving energy can help save the planet. Share these Power of Green facts:
- The average shower uses 2 gallons of water every minute. You can save 10 gallons of water a day by taking a 5-minute-shorter shower. That's 300 gallons a month!
- If every American replaced just one lightbulb with an Energy Star–rated CFL, we would save enough energy to light more than 3 million homes for a year.
- More than 200 million trees are saved each year as a result of recycling.
5. Have students make a plan to reduce their energy use for one month. At the end of the month, have students repeat the quiz and make note of any improvements.