Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.

Conducting a School Energy Audit
Conducting a school energy audit

Science Background

Doing a school energy audit provides students with an important means of learning to take responsibility for the energy that they consume while they are at school. In doing so, students not only learn basic ideas about energy but also develop energy conservation habits that will be useful throughout their lives.

Schools with effective energy conversation programs have been shown to save as much as 25% of their utility budgets per year. The most effective conservation programs are those that involve everyone in the school, including the students, staff, teachers, and administrators.

Many of the improvements that are possible by doing an energy audit are extremely simple to translate into action. For example, replacing incandescent light bulbs ...

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