Each lesson is formatted as follows:
Briefly summarizes the activitiesthat students will be doing.
Lists words that are important and thatmay be unfamiliar to students.
Materials and Preparation:
Specifies the materialsneeded in the lesson (e.g., worksheets, demonstrationequipment) and describes what needs to be done priorto teaching the lesson (e.g., copy worksheet, set updemonstration).
Approximate Time Requirement:
Gives the esti-mated amount of time needed to conduct all of theactivities within the lesson.
Provides detailed steps for conductingthe activities, including discussion questions and sug-gested answers.
Suggests other activities to extend thelearning, including conducting experiments, providingmore practice, addressing other content standards, andexpanding the concepts into the community.
The following materials are included to teach the lessons:• Teacher Guide
Student Booklet (16 pages)• Transparency Masters
- How Much Water Does It Use?- How Much Energy Does It Use?
• Worksheet Masters
- Personal Water & Energy Use
- Energy Source Comparison- Summary of Ways to Save Water & Energy at Home
- Personal Water & Energy Conservation Plan- Family Water & Energy Conservation Plan- School Water & Energy Conservation Plan- Assessment
• Survey Masters
- Home Water & Energy Survey
- School Water & Energy Survey
(4 pages)• Recommendation Masters
- Ways to Save Water & Energy at Home
- Ways to Save Water & Energy at School
(5 pages)Any other materials needed to conduct demonstrationsor other activities in the lessons are common items, forexample, poster paper, water, gallon containers. All neces-sary materials and preparation are listed at the beginningof each lesson.
Each section in the student booklet begins with
questions, in which students are challengedto explore the answers before they are presented with theinformation in
Learn About It....
Home Water & Energy Survey
is assigned in Lesson1, giving students time with their families to complete itby Lesson 6 when the surveys are analyzed, as well as get-ting students personally involved in their use of water andenergy while they are learning about the topic. The
SchoolWater and Energy Survey,
which is presented in Lesson 7,can also be conducted while students are learning aboutthe supply and demand of water and energy in California.The school survey or a community survey could also beused as a culminating activity.
The activities within these lessons can be used to supportmany of the California State Content Standards. A chart inthe appendix shows lesson correlations with standards inScience, Language Arts, and Math for grades 6 through 8.
A cognitive assessment of the objectives listed previouslyis included in the appendix. If students read, discuss, andpractice the information contained in the student booklet,the test can be used to assess their comprehension.Portfolios containing studentsʼ worksheets, surveys, andconservation plans can also be used to assess students,especially in relation to implementing and monitoringtheir plans. Portfolios can become an integral aspect of theinstructional process. And if less focus is placed on thecognitive information and more on the applied learning,the portfolio assessment would be most appropriate.