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Energy conservation in action

Make a plan to save energy and think about how you can share it.

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1 hour
Group work


A great way to save energy at home is to find out where and how we use it every day. An energy survey gives your students the information they need to be able to take action on saving energy.  


What you'll need

  • "Home energy survey" worksheet for each student
  •  "Planning for action" worksheet for each group
  • "Group work evaluation" rubric 
  • Materials to illustrate and share project ideas:
    • Posters
    • Models
    • Digital presentations

The day before

  1. Give each student a copy of the Home energy survey” and review it with them. They’ll complete the survey on the first page with their families and then bring it back to school.

Stop, start, continue

  1. Review the survey results in class. Ask the students if they discovered anything surprising.
  2. Remind your students to keep the results in mind as they complete page 2 of the worksheet. The objective is for them to identify three actions: one they’ll start, one they’ll stop and one they’ll continue. Have students discuss their ideas with a partner, then share them with the class.
  3. List all the ideas on the board. Get your students to group the ideas and come up with categories for their groupings.

Taking action

  1. Next, get your students brainstorming ideas for a campaign that could help raise awareness of the ideas on the board. Some examples are:
    • Create a poster display
    • Design a multimedia presentation (slideshow or short video)
    • Make an in-person presentation to other classes
    • Set up a demonstration during breaks or lunch
  2. Assign students to groups and ask each group to choose a campaign type to work on. They can use the Planning for action” worksheet to start designing a campaign:
    • What area of conservation will they focus on?
      • Electricity: lights, devices, computers
      • Water 
      • Heat
    • How will they spread the word?
      • Poster
      • Video
      • Presentations to classes
      • School announcements
    • What is the conservation action they want people to take?
    • What are the steps required to make it all happen?
    • What are the signs of a successful action plan? How will they know their action plan was effective?
  3. Have the groups present their ideas to the class.

Modify or extend this activity


  • Get your students to start a campaign from one of the ideas the class came up with that could make a difference in your school. Also choose one of the plans to raise awareness. Encourage your class to think about how they can include others in their grade or the school. 

Curriculum Fit

Grade 9 Science

Curricular competencies

Questioning and predicting
  • Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest
Planning and conducting
  • Select and use appropriate equipment, including digital technologies, to systematically and accurately collect and record data
Processing and analyzing data and information
  • Experience and interpret the local environment
  • Consider social, ethical and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others’ investigations
Applying and innovating
  • Contribute to care for self, others, community, and world through individual or collaborative approaches
  • Transfer and apply learning to new situations
  • Generate and introduce new or refined ideas when problem solving
  • Contribute to finding solutions to problems at a local and/or global level through inquiry
  • Communicate scientific ideas, information, and perhaps a suggested course of action for a specific purpose and audience, constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions, and representations
  • Express and reflect on a variety of experiences, perspectives and worldviews of place


  • Review and assess the Planning for action” worksheets for completeness, effort and creativity.
  • Use the Group work evaluation” rubric to assess your students’ action planning and presentations.


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