When you look at your monthly electricity bill, you probably focus on the number with a dollar sign in front of it. But there’s another value listed: how much energy you actually used. If you are a perfectly average American living in a perfectly average household, your monthly electricity bill will read 911 kilowatt hours (kWh), which costs $114. But most of us don’t live in perfectly average households. (The state that comes closest to matching the average monthly electricity usage is Ohio).
At Inside Energy, we go deep into stories using investigative and data-driven techniques. And yet, we’re committed to ensuring energy is approachable, down-to-earth, and even fun! That recipe makes our multimedia stories downright engaging for students, and reliable for their educators—parents and teachers alike. We teamed up with a curriculum developer to create lesson plans that pair with the stories of ours that people love most. In return, we only ask that you send your feedback so we can keep improving. If you’ve used one of our lesson plans or have a new idea, give us a holler by emailing your feedback to email@example.com
Our lessons are free and aligned to both national and Colorado state standards for science. Click to access each lesson plan in PDF.
Energy Explained: The Carbon Cycle (Grades 6-8)
Energy Explained: How Much Energy (Grades 6-8)
Turning Wasted Heat into Power (Grades 6-8)
A Watched Pot (Grades 6-8)
Lost in Transmission (Grades 6-8)
Power Grid Reliability (Grades 6-8)
To help educators find teaching resources that suit their specific needs, we created a searchable index that maps our resources to the NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas. You can access the index in document form here, or in spreadsheet form here.
Also check out these teaching resources that other outlets created to pair with our reporting:
Energy Boom Spurs More Diversity in Rural American West | PBS NewsHour
Colorado Towns Struggle for Control over Fracking | PBS Newshour
Lesson Plan: Standing Rock | KQED The LowDown