Teaching Through Trade Books: Flick a Switchby: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

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When students flick on lights, boot up a computer, or turn on a television, do they think about how that energy is produced? The majority of electricity in the United States is generated from power plants that burn fossil fuels, causing large amounts of carbon dioxide and other pollutants to be released into the atmosphere. Conserving energy not only saves us money, it helps reduce the demand for fossil fuels. This month’s column focuses on how electricity gets to our homes, the reasons electricity should be conserved, and practical ways that we can use energy wisely.

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  • on Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:24 PM

This is a short very informative piece that contains two lessons about electicity. One of the lessons was for grades K -4 and a lesson for grades 5-8. This is a must for anyone teaching an electricity unit. The books these lessons are based on would fit very well in terms of increasing the complexity of text that is described in the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts. here is a wonderful opportunity to use the CC standards to leverage the teaching of science.

Kathy Renfrew  (Barnet, VT)
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)

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