Grade Levels: K-3

These family and homeschool activities are designed to complement the Energy Sources topic on BrainPOP Jr.

Green Improvement
As a design challenge, have your child improve a device or machine by making it “greener” and friendlier to the environment. Ask questions to help him or her start the thinking process: What makes the device successful or what do you like about the device? What can be improved? What kind of power does it use? How can you incorporate renewable sources of energy to help it function? Your child can sketch pictures or diagrams or write specifications to flesh out ideas. He or she could even make a digital prototype using online tools or a physical model using blocks, clay, or other material.

Plugged In
Did you know that when appliances are plugged in, but not in use, they still consume energy? Some appliances, such as refrigerators, are always plugged in because they are constantly used. However, other appliances such as coffee makers may be plugged in even when they are not in use. Have your child go through your home and make a record of every item that is plugged into a wall socket. The results may surprise you. What appliances should be plugged in? What can only be plugged in when used? See how much you can save on your energy bill!

Filed as:  Energy, Energy Sources, K-3, Science
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