Lesson – Energy Efficiency vs. Conservation
Title: Energy Efficiency vs. Conservation
Grade: 5th Grade
Duration: 45 Minutes
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Language Art: LAFS.K12.W.1.1
Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
- Using what we know about science, what impact does energy efficiency and conservation have on the natural world around us?
- What does being more efficient mean?
- Why is it important for us to find ways to maximize efficiency of our energy sources?
- What is fuel efficiency?
- How can energy be lost?
- How can we minimize losses in electricity?
- How can we make homes/buildings more energy efficient?
- What can be done to minimize the need for new power plants?
- What is the difference between energy efficiency and energy conservation?
- Saving Energy at Home and School Informational Text (Pages 4-11)
- Energy Efficiency vs. Conservation Worksheet (Page 18)
Saving Energy at Home and School Information Text and Discussion
In the following lesson, students will be reading an informational text about saving energy at home and school from NEED.org (Pages 4-11 in the Saving Energy Student Guide) and then completing the Efficiency vs. Conservation Worksheet.
- Read informational text.
- Teachers may choose to read whole group, pair up students, or have students read independently.
- Engage students in a teacher guided discussion using the guiding questions.
- Have students complete the Efficiency vs. Conservation Worksheet independently.
- Discuss how energy efficiency and conservation work together.