Lesson Resources 2020/21

Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) and New Hampshire Energy Education Project (NHEEP) is offering our resources in a number of different formats this year. Each set of lessons and activities is designed to be used in multiple settings: whether you are in-person, remote, or moving between the two, these lessons can fluidly adapt to what you and your students need with minimum effort.

Depending on the curriculum area and grade level, there may be options to download printable pdfs, to create your own copy of Google Slide or Google doc assignments that can be uploaded to Google classroom.

Contact us at info@veep.org if you have trouble accessing these formats.

Lesson options for teachers:

  • You can sign up to work with a VEEP or NHEEP Energy Teaching Partner (suggested)
    • A VEEP/NHEEP educator can join the class virtually to run each of these activities. Can be done in 1-2 longer workshops or several pieces. 
    • Equipment is available to borrow to use hands-on materials to support these lessons.
  • You can do these on your own with your class.
  • Schedule a meeting with a VEEP/NHEEP educator to discuss these options.
  • Conservation Kids | Grades: K-3

    Young students gain a basic understanding of energy and the importance of conservation and efficiency. 

    Driving Question:

    How can we use less energy?

    Learning targets:

    Students will learn what energy is and think about what we do that uses energy

    Students will look at electricity, heating, and transportation energy and think about how they can use LESS in all of these categories

    Students will begin to learn how using energy can have an impact on the environment, and make a plan to use less energy in their lives.

    NGSS Standards

    Lesson Format:

    Offline student guide (PDF) with embedded teacher/guardian instructions.

    Magnetism | Grades K-3

    Students explore magnetic force through hands-on experiments with magnets, paperclips, and other metals. These lessons lay the foundation for learning about electricity in later grades.

    Driving question:

    What patterns do we see when magnets are close to metals?

    Learning targets:

    Explore and record the patterns of behavior of magnets with other objects.

    Analyze data from tests with a magnet and paperclip to define the behavior of magnets.

    Gather evidence to support that magnets do not need to be in contact with another object to push or pull the other object.

     NGSS Standards

    lesson Formats :

    Online student guide (Google Doc) and offline student guide (PDF) with teacher/guardian instructions embedded.

    Sun FUNdamentals | Grades K-3

    Introduce your youngest students to sun and shade! Sun FUNdamentals is an introductory unit on light and shadows for K–3. Students use engineering principles to build shade structures. 

    Driving questions:

    How does sunlight behave when different materials are placed in the light’s path? How can we slow down the warming effects of the sun?

    Learning targets:

    Analyze data from tests with light on different materials.

    Design a solution using evidence to slow down the warming effects of the earth.

    Develop a physical model to illustrate how the design meets the needs of others. 

    NGSS Standards

    Lesson format:

    Offline student guide (PDF) with teacher/guardian instructions embedded.

    Wind FUNdamentals | Grades K-3

    Introduce your youngest students to wind energy. Wind FUN focuses on engineering design with an emphasis on students sharing their ideas and methods.

    Driving questions:

    Does shape matter? How can we travel across a frozen lake?

    Learning targets:

    Analyze data from tests on different shaped pinwheels.

    Design a solution using evidence to use wind to push a sail car.

    Develop a physical model to illustrate how the design meets the needs of others.

    NGSS Standards

    Lesson format:

    Offline student guide (PDF) with teacher/guardian instructions embedded.

    Electricity and the Environment | Grades: 4, 5, 6-8

    Grade 4

    Students will explore circuits and electricity generation to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by electric currents. Students will begin to understand how they can take action to save energy.

    DRIVING QUESTION:

    How is energy transferred as I light a lamp? 

    LEARNING TARGETS:

    Demonstrate how electricity is transferred using circuits in different applications

    Analyze costs in different types of light bulbs.

    Design a goal to change personal use/habits of electricity.

    NGSS Standards

    Grade 5

    Students will explore electricity generation, including renewable energy, and its impacts on Earth’s spheres. Students can design a personal goal to use less electricity to protect the earth. 

    Driving questions:

    How does the way we generate and use electricity impact our environment? What can we do to reduce our negative impacts?

    Learning targets: 

    Demonstrate how electricity is generated.

    Explore renewable energy and compare the impacts of electricity on the different spheres of the Earth.

    Design a personal goal to use less electricity to protect the earth’s resources and environment.

    NGSS Standards

    Grades 6-8

    Students will explore electricity and magnetism forces, how much electricity we use and the impacts on the environment. Students can design a SMART goal to decrease personal or community electricity consumption.

    Driving questions:

    How can we decrease the negative environmental impacts of our electricity use? What can we do in our homes? Our school? Our communities?

    Learning targets:

    Understand the factors that affect electric and magnetic forces using Faraday’s Coil.

    Analyze data on consumption of natural resources and how they impact Earth’s systems.

    Design a SMART goal to decrease personal consumption of electricity.

    NGSS Standards

    Lesson formats:

    Online student and teacher guides (Google Docs)

    Online student guide (Google Slides)

    Offline student and teacher guides (PDF)

    Renewables by Design | Grades: 6-8

    Students are challenged to think like engineers tasked with reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. These on and offline lessons help students develop their understanding of renewable and non-renewable sources of energy and to adapt renewable energy design parameters to produce the greatest amount of electricity and positively affect the environment. Through a series of interactive wind, solar, and hydro lessons, students test variables, collect and analyze data, and start to construct explanations and solutions from the evidence.

    Driving question:

    What should engineers consider when designing renewable energy technology to optimize electric output?

    Learning targets:

    Identify and cite examples of renewable and non-renewable electricity generation sources.

    Investigate and identify factors that impact the electric output for solar, wind, and hydroelectric projects. 

    Identify and propose engineering considerations for developing solar, wind, and hydroelectric projects and back their considerations with evidence from their investigations.

    NGSS Standards   

    Lesson formats:

    Online student and teacher guides (Google Docs)

    Online student guide (Google Slides)

    Offline student guide (PDF)

    NHSaves Education Challenge | Grades: K-12

    New Hampshire K-12 students are invited to respond to topics about energy efficiency and create projects to educate and encourage their community to make sustainable energy choices. Next deadline is January 31.

    Click here for more info.

    *New Hampshire students only*

    Home Heat Transfer | Grades: 6-8

    GRADE LEVEL: 6-8

    Students consider how they can use less energy to heat their home while still keeping it at a comfortable temperature. These lessons demonstrate the concepts of thermal energy transfer and familiarize students with different insulation materials and their roles in heat transfer and slowing heat loss in homes and other buildings.   

    There are also supplemental student explorations available to help students learn more about Convection, Conduction, and Radiation that can be used before or during the Home Heat Transfer unit.  These are best led by a teacher.

    Driving Question:

    How can you help to use less energy to heat your home, and still stay warm and cozy in the winter?

    Learning targets:

    Students will learn how homes are heated and how heat is distributed throughout the homes.
    Students will investigate the three methods of heat transfer and relate these to home heating.
    Students will investigate the heat insulating capacity of different materials.
    Students will design an insulated model house and test materials to determine heating energy efficiency.

    NGSS Standards

    Lesson Formats:

    Offline (Printable PDF)
    Online (Google Slides)

    Energy Audit and Action | Grades: 6-12

    How much energy do you use on a day to day basis? How does your energy use impact our environment? 

    Check out activities that go along with our 2020/21 poster to assess the energy that you use and then take action to reduce our climate impacts. Energy use is focused on the three largest areas: Transportation, Thermal, and Electricity. You can then choose to look at, assess, and take action on a personal/household level, or partner with VEEP/NHEEP to make changes on a community or state level. 

    Lesson formats:

    Online (Google Docs)

    Offline (PDF)

    Green Energy Careers | Grades: 9-12

    Give your students a hands-on overview of the tools, concepts and pathways that lead to careers in energy efficiency. Explore the state's climate goals, take a deep dive into lighting and thermal efficiency careers, and begin to take action to try on a green energy career.

     

    Lesson format:

    Online student guide (Google Docs)

  • Sign up to get resources:

    You will be given access the resources in the table below after providing some information.

  • Which lesson(s) are you interested in?
    Grades K-3
    Grades 4, 5, and 6-8
    Grades 6-12
    Grades 9-12
    Grades K-3
    Grades 6-8
    Grades K-3
    Grades K-3
    Grades 6-8
  • These resources are free of charge thanks to NHSaves, Efficiency Vermont, and our other generous funders.

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