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What Makes a Home

Lesson Description:
As energy demands increase and the resources to meet those demands dwindle and continue to prove harmful to the environment, society is becoming more conscious of conserving energy. One way do this is to improve ones home energy efficiency.  Through this module, students will understand where energy can be wasted in the home, how to rectify this and come up with a plan to improve their homes. The final project will be for the students to design a realistic, research based report on how much time, money and energy it would cost/save if they were to improve their own homes so that they are more energy efficient.
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Green Building
  • Water
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge
  • Green Building Program
  • Waste Reduction Challenge
  • Green Energy Challenge

Standards Addressed:
  • Content standard d: as a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding of energy in the earth system geochemical cycles
  • content standard e: as a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop abilities of technological design and understandings about science and technology
  • content standard f: as a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of personal and community health population growth, natural resources, environmental quality, natural and human-induced hazards, science and technology in local, national, and global challenges
  • content standard g: as a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of science as a human endeavor, nature of scientific knowledge, historical perspectives

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