Lesson Plan: Measuring Electricity Consumption
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    Energy Efficiency
  • Published:
    May 17, 2020
  • Updated:
    August 28, 2020

Lesson Plan: Measuring Electricity Consumption

This week’s lesson on electricity consumption builds upon the previous week’s lesson. However, topics will be re-introduced for newcomers! For students and families continuing on from the previous lesson with a good understanding of your electric bill, this week will allow you to do the actual calculations! Students will think about their activities and the pluggables they use in order to crunch the numbers that add up to a monthly bill! As this lesson again centers around electricity, the introductory text will revisit and review electricity text previously covered with the activities reinforcing concepts not yet supported in other activities.

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Primary Grades K-2

*Primary reading is structured with the student reader page first, and the teacher/adult page second. Younger or less advanced readers can read along with the student pages, and the teacher pages may be read aloud to them. Advanced readers may be able to read most on their own.

Elementary Grades 3-5

Intermediate Grades 6-8

Secondary Grades 9-12

Get Hands-on

  • Morning Money Crunch has students amplifying their home electricity use survey & electric bill discussions to include more of a quantitative analysis. In this activity, students will work together to gather data on the number of pluggable devices they have, how much power they might draw, and how frequently they are used to determine an estimated cost for their use. The activity is framed to consider only the items used when getting ready in the morning, however, the activity could be shifted to meet any time of day, or several times throughout the day. Encourage younger students to work with older students, where applicable to “crunch their numbers.”

Extensions

  • Compile the data into a spreadsheet and estimate the cost of powering all of your household devices. How does it compare to your electricity bill? What are some reasons your calculations might be over or under?

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