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Energy Conservation in the Home

Lesson Description:
In this unit, students will learn about ways to conserve energy in the home through building materials, such as insulation, windows and shading techniques, and by using efficient appliances in the home. Emphasis is given to the significant causes of heat loss in a home. Students will realize the importance of using proper insulation with a high r-value to reduce heat transfer. Students will conduct a simple experiment to test the differences in heat conduction among several materials.
Lesson Type:
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Time Needed:
30 minutes 30 minutes activity 4 – pre-lab activity 5 – lab science 30 minutes activity 6 – post-lab science 30 minutes activity 7 – assessment science
Materials Needed:
  • copy of the Reading Passage and Student Data Sheets (includes reading comprehension questions, covabulary and Lab Activity) for each student 
  • copy of the Assessment Questions for each student
  • graph paper
  • an equipment kit for each group containing the following:
    • 2 spoons (one plastic, one metal)
    • 1 popsicle stick
    • 1 glass stirring rod (about same height as spoons)
    • 500 ml beaker
    • 500 ml hot water >85C
    • timer or stop watch
    • 1 plastic knife
    • 4 thumbtacks
    • 1 ea. 1/4 inch square slice of saturated margarine or butter (in stick form), very cold or frozen (size of butter slice can vary depending on size of thumbtacks used)
    • goggles
    • 1 small piece of wax paper  

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Lesson Documents:
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