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Post-Visit Activity: Energy Audit

Lesson Description:
In this lesson, students will learn what items in their homes use energy, practice graphing and statistically analyzing data, and brainstorm ways to save energy.
Lesson Type:
  • Audit

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Green Building

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
20 min prep + 45 min activity
Standards Addressed:
Grade three
Investigation and Experimentation
  • 5c. use numerical data describing and comparing objects, events, and measurements
  • 5e. collect data in an investigation and analyze those data to develop a logical conclusion

Grade Four
Investigation and Experimentation
  • 6e. construct and interpret graphs from measurements

Mathematics: Statistics, Data analysis, and Probability
  • 1.1. formulate survey questions; systematically collect and represent data on a number line; and coordinate graphs, tables, and charts.

Grade Five 
Investigation and Experimentation
  • 6g. record data by using appropriate graphic representations (including charts, graphs, and labeled diagrams) and make inferences based on those data

Mathematics: Statistics, Data analysis, and Probability
  • 1.1. know the concepts of mean, median, and mode; compute and compare simple examples to show that they may differ.
  • 1.2. organize and display single-variable data in appropriate graphs and representations (e.g., histogram, circle graphs) and explain which types of graphs are appropriate for various data sets.

Grade Six 
Mathematics: Statistics, Data analysis, and Probability
  • 1.1. compute the range, mean, median, and mode of data sets.

Grade Seven 
Mathematics: Statistics, Data analysis, and Probability
  • 1.3. understand the meaning of, and be able to compute, the minimum, the lower quartile, the median, the upper quartile, and the maximum of a data set.

Materials Needed:
Students will need...
  • Energy audit worksheet (1 per student)
  • Compact fluorescent light bulb
  • Incandescent light bul

School or Group:
California Academy of Sciences
Contact Email:
service@greeneducationfoundation.org
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf epa conservation.pdf
Located in: Science | Math

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