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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 view.

*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 energy works.

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 energy

Read Those Meters! (
PDF Format, HTML Format)
Teaches students to read utility meters and compute energy use.

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 use.

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 are limited.

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 energy.

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 generations.

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 energy.

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 electricity.

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 specific area.

Money Doesn't Grow on Trees! (
Word Format, HTML Format)
This activity helps teach students about the monitary value of their energy habits.

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