Understanding how we use energy is an important lesson to teach even the youngest of energy users. Though students may not currently be paying for their energy use, it is important for us all to know where our electricity comes from. More importantly, learning about energy consumption in the classroom will enable students to bring those lessons home and play an important role in helping their families find ways to save energy and money and make their homes more comfortable. To help integrate the “energy basics” into classroom lesson plans, Virginia Energy Sense has collaborated with the Virginia Department of Education to develop energy-focused activities for both elementary and middle school students that align with state educational standards for science, math and language arts. Printed copies of these materials to use in your classroom or by other youth-focused organizations are available upon request. Please send your mailing address and the number of requested copies to feedback@virginiaenergysense.org.

For Kids Ages 11-14

Energy SquadThe “Kids Know What Makes Energy Sense” program, designed for use by 6th, 7th and 8th grade educators, challenges students to identify and calculate areas of energy consumption in their home and classroom, and to devise ways they can help conserve. Aligned with state science, math and language arts curriculum standards, this downloadable program includes:

  • A printable wall poster
  • Three youth activity sheets, including:
    • Kids Know Energy Conservation: A four-part math lesson for students to assess energy consumed by classroom electronics and the cost of electricity to power them.
    • Kids Know Every Kind of Energy: An activity for students to research and present their findings on the electrical energy sources used in Virginia.
    • Kids Know How to Help Others Save Energy: A language arts-based lesson to challenge students to create their own public awareness campaign to help educate their community about the importance of saving energy.
  • Download here

For Kids Ages 7-10

Value Your Power PosterThe “Value Your Power” program teaches 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students energy-saving habits they can apply at home while improving science and math skills. This downloadable program includes:

  • A printable wall poster
  • Three youth activity sheets, including:
    • It All Adds Up: A two-part activity about components of an electricity bill and how to track energy usage.
    • Saving At Home: A three-part math lesson about how much electricity common household appliances use.
    • ‘Value Your Power’ Family Scoreboard: Students work with their families to track their energy habits and come up with ideas to save energy.
  • Download here

For Kids Under 6

Monsters Coloring Book CoverThe Energy Monsters Coloring Book is created to help Virginia’s youngest energy users learn the basics of electrical energy consumption. The coloring book also shares tips from your favorite energy monsters on how kids can help their families save energy and money.

Additional Resources

For additional materials and activities to help students learn about the importance of energy education, check out these valuable resources and organizations:

If you have any questions, feedback or suggestions about Virginia Energy Sense’s educational materials and resources, please contact us at feedback@virginiaenergysense.org.

Lesson Plans
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Get your students energized about responsible energy use! In partnership with the Virginia Department of Education, we’ve created fun, multi-day, Lesson plans to help you teach your students how to understand and conserve energy! They’re classroom-ready and free to use!