You Light up My Life

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
Media / Technology
Social Studies
Language Arts
Issue Area: 
Focus Question 

Who in a community is responsible for protecting the resources of the community? Is it the elected officials, the individual, or both?


Photo Credit:  High-Energy Particles in Milky Way Black Hole (NASA, Chandra, 11/20/13) by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students learn about different types of energy sources that produce electricity. They explore how electricity is used, measured, recorded, and calculated while exploring how basic energy conservation and energy efficiency choices can impact their family energy costs and reduce the amount of energy consumption. They develop an action plan for a city to use alternative energy resources and create a presentation as a form of advocacy.

Service Experience 
  Learners research and develop a city plan for the responsible use of alternative energy resources. They present their plans to other groups in the school, city, or school boards as a simulation. The objective is to persuade those groups to use alternative energy resources.  
Lessons in This Unit 
You Light up My Life
Lesson 1 of 3

The purpose of this lesson is to show learners how electricity is used, measured, recorded and calculated. Through the use of data collection tables, this lesson will help students realize how much electrical energy their families consume. They will also develop an understanding of renewable and non-renewable resources that are used to produce electricity. The learners will recognize that stewardship of community resources is the careful management of those resources held by a community for its citizens.