How Can We Provide Energy to People’s Homes?

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How Can We Provide Energy to People’s Homes?

How Can We Provide Energy to People’s Homes? is part of a new curriculum series being developed by the SSEC. It is aligned to a subset of 4th grade NGSS performance expectations, with a focus on engineering design. In this module, students explore energy transfer and transformation and how people obtain sources of energy for practical purposes. In the final design challenge, students use their understanding of science and engineering to design and test a model house that runs on solar energy. 

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module.

Lesson 5: Power to the People
Lesson 6: Energy Resources

Suggested Print Resources

  • Krohn, Katherine E., Cynthia Martin, and Barbara Schulz. A Refreshing Look at Renewable Energy with Max Axiom, Super Scientist. Mankato, MN: Capstone, 2010.
  • Biskup, Agnieszka, Cynthia Martin, and Anne Timmons. The Powerful World of Energy with Max Axiom, Super Scientist. Mankato, MN: Capstone, 2009.
  • Sneideman, Joshua, Erin Twamley, and Heather Jane Brinesh. Renewable Energy: Discover the Fuel of the Future: With 20 Projects. White River Junction, VT. Nomad Press, 2016.
  • Stuckey, Rachel. Energy from Living Things: Biomass Energy. St. Catharines, ON L2M 5V6, Canada.: Crabtree Publishing Company., 2015.
  • Lerangis, Peter, and Michael Kline. Green Power Solar & Wind Power. Pleasantville, NY: Readers Digest, 2009. Print.
  • Gordon, Sherri Mabry. Green and Clean Energy: What You Can Do. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow, 2011.
  • Mulder, Michelle. Brilliant!: Shining a Light on Sustainable Energy. Victoria, BC V8T 1A8, Canada, Orca Book Publishers. 2013.
  • Morgan, Sally. From Windmills to Hydrogen Fuel Cells: Discovering Alternative Energy. Chicago: Heinemann Library, 2007.
  • Orme, Helen. Energy for the Future. New York, NY: Bearport Pub., 2008.
  • Drummond, Allan. Energy Island: How One Community Harnessed the Wind and Changed Their World. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011.
  • Winnick, Nick. Green Power. New York: AV² by Weigl, 2011.

Suggested Digital Resources

Energy Jokes


Lesson 8

State Profiles and Energy Estimates
Instructions: After selecting your state, scroll down to the bar graphs. Select the Electricity tab to display the [State] Net Electricity Generation by Source data. If your state displays data from “Other Renewables,” select State Renewable Electricity Statistics under the Summary Reports below the graph to determine exactly which renewables are utilized. Be prepared to identify these other renewables for your students.

US Energy Mix
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Lesson 10:

US Energy Mapping System
Instructions: Under the Layer/Legend pull-down menu, select “Remove All.” Then, under Pipelines and Transmission, select “Electric Transmission Line.” This image displays the “national grid.”

Electrical Grid Structure Diagram
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Solar Energy Potential

NIST Net Zero House

Kit Tips & Tricks