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Energy Activities

About This Daily Classroom Special 
Each week Homework Hotline will suggest homework assignments aimed at grades K-1 and 2-3. Homework Hotline was written by Buzz Eyler, Director of Educational Technology
at the Orcutt School District ( CA) and a former Teachers Network web mentor. 

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Energy Activities

This week the homework will center on energy activities. The activities are appropriate for K-3, except as noted. Feel free to copy, cut, and paste the assignments into your own word processor for sending home (or print this page).

Day 1

After a discussion of energy types in your classroom, ask the children to go home tonight and have their parents show them where the following are located in their homes: furnace (heater), fuse box, water heater, gas meter, fuel oil tank, coal chute, wood pile, etc. Have them be ready to tell the class their primary energy source for heat.

Day 2

When the children go home tonight, have them find out what energy source is used by the following appliances: stove, oven, water heater, washer, dryer, television and fireplace. Click here for the "Which energy source do you use?" sample letter.

Day 3

Have the children write (dictate) four energy safety rules for using electricity.

Day 4

Send home, in a sealed envelope with the following on the outside: DO NOT OPEN UNTIL 7:00 PM, a letter asking the children to go around their house at 7:00 and count how many lights are on which do not need to be on. Click here for a sample letter. Bring this number to school tomorrow for a graph.


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