Ms. S. Shabazz

P.S. 129M


Introduction: Energy is the ability to do work.  It is everywhere and all around us – We depend on energy for nearly every aspect of our daily lives.  -It provides light when there is darkness, it provides heat when it is cold. It takes energy to fuel our vehicles, grow the food we eat, and it makes our machinery and technology work.  We all need energy and we all use energy.  As time goes along, there has been an increase in the needs of energy.  But can we afford it and at what costs?

Energy is expensive!  Take a look at an electric bill or how the cost adds up to fill a tank of gas. There’s no doubt that energy consumption is pricy.  But there’s more at stake than “breaking the bank”. 



Many types of energy produce harmful pollutants.  While the demands for energy continue to increase, the outcomes have not been favorable.  There’s been a negative impact on climate change, the environment, and its people.  In addition, many of us waste so much energy. Consequently, many scientist/researchers have been investigating ways to utilize energy from renewable resources.

Take a look at energy some energy at work.  How might those gases impact the environment or climate?  Research and find out.


What can we do to help reduce these costs and the negative effects of energy use?  What can we do to reduce energy pollution?

If everyone takes a responsibility to reduce their energy excess and makes careful decisions regarding the energy used in our everyday lives, one may have at least found a solution to part of the problem.



You will need to create a power point.  First conduct research using any of the cites provided in the web quest or any additional cites of your choice.  You will visit various websites and define energy and list 7 forms of energy.  Make sure to include your knowledge of energy such as the types of energy, what you know about energy transformations, and energy transfer. While viewing websites you will learn more about renewable and nonrenewable energy sources and document the energy sources in your work. Below are guiding questions that should be answered and included in your PowerPoint.  Also, using your knowledge of energy, energy transfer, transformations, renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, determine one or more ways your school or parent can save on energy and reduce their energy waste.  Present your findings and suggestions on saving energy in the form of a power point presentation.


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The students will complete power point using the process that follows:

·         define energy and list 7 forms of energy

·         include knowledge of energy transfer and transformations

·         Include reusable and nonrenewable energy sources

·         research ways in which energy can be used more efficiently in at home or in school, by using the resources and the skills identified. 

·         identify specific cost savings

·         identify specific ways to reduce energy use

·         Including graphs, tables, graphics or illustrations (optional)


Follow up,

·         implement these efficiency measures

·         monitor their effectiveness, does it work? Have you conducted an experiment to test effectiveness, or have you supported your findings with research?

·         present their findings to household members, peers and school community.


Groups-  You will act as detectives in search for answers to the questions posed and do further research to complete the task(s) assigned.  Select one of the following assignments below.  Bring each of your group participant parts together in one PowerPoint.  Make sure to include each member’s mane.


·         Each team assigned will have to address a specific task and identify how the home/school can save money on energy bills by being more efficient in the following areas:

o   heating in the school/home

o   heat loss (including, insulation and draught proofing)

o   lighting in the school/home

o   electrical appliances


Question for All

1.      What is a kilowatt? Define the term.

2.       Where does energy come from?

3.      How much does energy cost?

4.      How can we use less energy?


*All websites or resources that you use must be cited at the end of the power point.

*Review and edit PowerPoint before submission.  Each group member should agree in its completeness of the task and align it to the rubric.


Check out the links below to complete the task.


ü  Heat Energy (links below)


ü  Light Energy (links below)



ü  Appliances & Energy


ü  Games


ü  Energy efficiency Tips & more Information



·         Computer access for class

·         PowerPoint presentation – climate change

·         Labels from appliances

·         Leaflets/books/any other credible resources on energy efficiency

·         Visit additional websites of your choice and cite them at the end of your power point or in the resource section of your work.

Evaluations: The following rubric will be used to evaluate your project.  Carefully review the rubric before submitting your work.





Now you are experts in Energy Conservation! As a class, we will review each group's assignment and decide on energy saving measures that we can put into place. Let's test out the energy saving recommendations and measure the results. Hopefully you will see how these save energy, can help the environment and help the school and your parents save money.



NGSS: MS-PS3- Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either maximizes or minimizes thermal energy transfer.

Standard 5: Technology- Engineering and Design- 1. Engineering design is an iterative process involving modeling and optimization used to develop technological solutions to problems within given constraints. -generate ideas for possible solutions, individually and through group activity; apply age-appropriate mathematics and science skills; evaluate the ideas and determine the best solution; and explain reasons for the choices. • plan and build, under supervision, a model of the solution using familiar materials, processes, and hand tools.

Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.

Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1-3 above.)