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K-12 Energy Education Resources 



Alliance to Save Energy

Michigan Green Schools www.michigangreenschools.us/

Wisconsin Green & Healthy Schools  http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/caer/ce/greenschools/index.htm

Michigan GREEN (Group for a Renewable Energy Efficient Nation): http://www.michigangreen.org/index.html

Greening Schools (Illinois EPA; home/school energy audit lessons for middle and high schools):


Alliance to Save Energy Elementary, middle school and high school lesson plans http://www.ase.org/section/_audience/educators/lessons/

Confronting Climate Change in the Great Lakes Region Curriculum Guide by Union of Concerned Scientists and Ecological Society of America): www.ucsusa.org/greatlakes/glchallengeteachers.html

Energy Education Kit (EEK!)
The EEK! curriculum teaches students about energy with hands-on, science-based, interdisciplinary lessons. Developed by Western Michigan University and the Sustainable Futures Group with grant assistance from the Michigan Energy Office. Designed for K-8 students with support materials are available online. These lesson plans encourage students to make informed choices about energy consumption. Theoretical concepts relating to energy production are woven into the materials. http://www.michigan.gov/dleg/0,1607,7-154-25676_25770-160788--,00.html

Facing the Future      http://www.uspartnership.org/main/show_passage/48#TeachingResources
A nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young people to think critically about global issues, sustainability, and positive solutions. The organization develops standards-based, hands-on lessons,  textbooks,  and professional development. Facing the Future curriculum is in use in 49 U.S. states and 42 countries by teachers and students in grades K-12, in undergraduate and graduate classes, and across multiple subject areas.

Michigan Environmental Education Curriculum Support (MEECS) contains five Michigan-specific units which provide an opportunity for students in grades 4-9 to learn about Michigan's Ecosystems & Biodiversity (gr. 4-6), Land Use (gr. 5), Water Quality (gr. 6-8), Air Quality (gr. 7-9) and Energy Resources (gr. 7-9) through inquiry and data-based lessons in Science and Social Studies.


National Energy Education Development K-12 Curricula Guides & Activity Kits

Project Learning Tree (PLT) Energy & Society program provides formal and nonformal educators with activities for PreK-8 students to learn about their relationship with energy and investigate the environmental issues related to energy's role in society. http://www.plt.org/cms/pages/21_21_9.html

U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development - K-12 & Teacher Education Sector http://www.uspartnership.org/main/show_passage/48

Watts On Schools  http://www.wattsonschools.com/activities.htm
K-12 activities related to solar energy.