|Here are some
of the best activities or 'icebreakers' that are related
to energy that we can find. Please remember that this
list is always growing so check back often for new
additions. Please not that these are available in three
formats: MS Word 97, PDF, and HTML. The Word format can
be downloaded and saved to your computer so you can use
them at any time (you can only open these if you have MS
Word 97). If you do not have Word 97 then you might
choose the HTML format. It is formatted the same as the
other document but you cannot save it. When you click on
the link it will open it in the browser window. From
there you can print it out and then make copies to give
out. You can also use the HTML format as a way to preview
the test or quiz before downloading it. To use the PDF
format of a document you will need Adobe Reader. If you
do not have Adobe Reader installed on your computer click
here to get it. It is a free download from Adobe.com.
*To save these activities in Word Format:
1. Find the link named 'Word Format' next to the
quiz/test you want.
2. Right click the link text.
3. Choose 'Save Target As...'
4. Then choose a location that you can remember.
5. Click the 'Save' button in the dialog box!
*To view these files in HTML format simply click the link
labeled 'HTML Format' next to the activity you want to
*To view these files in PDF format make sure you have the
Adobe Reader (see above note) installed on your system
and simply click on the link labeled 'PDF Format'.
Energy Wasters (Word Format, HTML Format)
This activity helps kids understand some of the most
common things you can do to conserve energy by making
them identify habits that lead to energy waste. Kids make
posters about 'Wanted Energy Wasters' and then have to
describe the actions of this person that make them a
wanted energy waster.
The Energy Times (Word Format, HTML Format)
This is the description of an activity where the students
create a newspaper filled with energy facts and
information. This document describes, in detail, how to
let the students be creative and make a great newspaper
while learning a lot about energy.
Energy Placemats (Word Format, HTML Format)
This is a fun and creative activity that everyone is sure
to enjoy. This is a lesson plan for making energy
placemats. The kids can then use these placemats to
continue their learning about energy while they are
eating breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Basic Energy (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Allows students to descover where energy comes from, and
the basic energy sources.
How Does Energy Work? (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Allows students to discover the changes that occur due to
the force of energy. Helps them to discover how
What's the Cost? (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Encourages students to think about their energy use, and
calculate the cost of the energy they use.
Waste Energy (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Encourages students to discover the ways that they waste
Read Those Meters! (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Teaches students to read utility meters and compute
Acid Precipitation (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students observe a demonstration of the reaction of acid
precipitation on limestone and granite materials, than
predict the possible effects of acid precipitation.
Fuel Conversion (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Teaches students the value of fuel conversion for energy
Make Me Efficient! (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students learn construction, maintenance, and design
features that make a building energy efficient, and how
to takes steps to make their own homes more efficient.
Nonrenewable vs. Renewable (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Demonstrates the difference between nonrenewable and
renewable resources; explains why fossil fuel supplies
What's the Wattage, Kenneth? (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students determine the wattage of household appliances,
calculate the number of kilowatt hours used, and identify
the need to limit the use of appliances to conserve
Generation Skipping? (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Demonstrates the differences in appliance use between
different generations. Students make a bar graph
illustrating the difference in appliance use between
Fossils, No not the Clothing! (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students learn how much energy is contained in various
fossil fuels, convert energy units, and measure heat
Air Pollution (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students study the many issues regarding air pollution
and the greenhouse effect.
Analyze This! (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students explore renewable energy concepts using a 5 step
decision-making model, and explore basic economic
concepts used to analyze energy issues.
I'm Comfy! (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students use models to learn how to maximize the
comfort-conditioning of a home. They then analyze
the data from the models and draw conclusions.
I'll Take Conversion For $500 (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students will build a simple galvanometer, and hydropower
generator to demonstrate how water power is converted to
Boy, The Sun Feels Good (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students determine the amount of heat available from the
sun, then discover the solar constant.
Advanced Energy Wasting (PDF Format, HTML Format)
Students determine ways in which energy is wasted at home
or at work, analyze data on how to conserve energy, than
develop and present a program on how to save energy in a
Money Doesn't Grow on Trees! (Word Format, HTML Format)
This activity helps teach students about the monitary
value of their energy habits.