Lesson Plan

Energy Conservation

Students will use math and science to learn about temperature and insolution.
Julie C.
Classroom teacher
Culloden Elementary School
Culloden, United States
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My Grades 3, 4, 5
My Subjects Math

Students will be able to...

  • Estimate, measure, compare, and order real-world measurements, analyze, justify and communicate results.
  • Pose a question, collect, organize, display, and analyze data to answer the question using statistical measures.
  • Design, conduct a probability experiment and present results using clear and concise mathematical language.
  • Identify different forms of energy and describe energy transformations that occur between them.
  • Differentiate changes in states of matter due to heat loss or gain.
Grades 4 – 5
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1 Hook

Students will draw a themometer using whiteboard pro.  They will label the temperatures in celsius and fahrenheit and color code according to the temperature (blue cold, yellow warm, red hot). They will include a key based on the colors they used. They will then add temperature descriptive words around the themometer. 

Students can use prior knowledge of weather to help with drawing of the themometer.

2 Direct Instruction

Students will explore concepts and vocabulary of electricity through lessons, experiments, videos, quizzes, and games.  The lessons provide background information and then is followed by a short quiz.  Experiments videos provide information for the student to do the experiment at home or in the classroom that goes along with the lesson.  Feedback from the quizzes is immediate so that kids can learn from their mistakes.    

3 Guided Practice

Hotel Heat
$1.34 yearly per home, $12.00 yearly per class

Students will act as a hotel manager and must assign guests to rooms that match the temperatures guests request.  They will have to keep the temperature rooms just right using the knowledge of thermodynamics and heat transfer.  Students will have to move heat effectively throughout the building to keep guests satisfied.  If the temperature is not kept at the guest liking then that guest will leave.  If too many guests leave then not enough money is made and the student will have to repeat the level.

4 Independent Practice

The students uses currency to build an eco-friendly city.  Different levels allows new environmentally friendly options along with parks and housing.  Each time a coin is collected environmental facts are shared.  This knowlege can help the student progress through levels.  Students can save currencies to build bigger items.  Too many environmental problems can cause the student to stay at the same level until the student makes changes within their city.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Creating

Students will create a house using a box.  They will insolate the box using different materials of their choice.  Ice will be placed inside the box and temperature will be recorded at different times. Each house will need to include windows and doors of a certain size.

Class will decide the cost of the different materials based on type of insolation.  Each group will be given money to build their house.  Each group can only spend the money they have without going over. (Bubble wrap $1.00/inch).

Ice will be put inside each house.  Class will decide when to measure the temperature in the house.  Each group will record results.

Example of Materials:
mailing tape, plastic film, aluminum foil, poster board, bubble wrap, cotton batting, padded paper, caulking
weatherstripping, rulers, scissors, pencils, bags of ice

Discuss other materials the students could have used as insulation, such as foam board. Discuss what the students would change if they could do the activity again with additional materials. Discuss how much each group spent to build their house.