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Get power smart

Learn about electricity in B.C. and explore key terms and concepts related to energy.

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20 mins


Drill home electricity facts by playing a fun “by the numbers” matching game and learn important energy terms with a DIY crossword puzzle activity. Afterwards, test your classroom's knowledge with an "electricity 101" quiz.

Participate as a class

A single screen and laptop is used for watching the video and answering questions together as a class.

Before you begin, make sure:

  • You’re connected to the internet
  • You’re projecting your screen for the class to see

Launch activity

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Getting started guide


What you'll need

  • “Get power smart” slideshow
  • Slinky
  • “Electricity by the numbers” worksheet, printed and cut up (one set per student group)
  • Online crossword puzzle generator
  • “Crossword clues” template

Get power smart

  1. Pull up the “Get power smart” slideshow to explore how electricity is generated in B.C.
  2. Pause at slide 7 to demonstrate potential and kinetic energy by holding a slinky at the edge of a desk (potential energy) and releasing it over the edge (kinetic energy).
  3. Continue the slideshow, explaining how potential and kinetic energy relate to electricity here in B.C.

Electricity by the numbers match game

  1. Divide the class into small groups, giving each group one set of the trivia questions and numbered answers.
  2. Each group takes a few minutes to match up the questions and answers. Go over the correct answers together as a class and see how they did. Were there any surprises? Explore any terms or answers that were new or unclear.

Custom crossword

  1. Use an online crossword puzzle generator to make a crossword or have students create their own crossword puzzles using questions from the “Crossword clues” template.

Take the quiz

  1. Launch the quiz activity at the top of this page to test your students on what they learned.

Curriculum Fit

This activity engage students in understanding how electricity is generated in B.C., learning definitions and simple terms relating to energy and electricity and some fun trivia facts.

Core competencies:

  • Connect and engage with others (to share and develop ideas)
  • Creative thinking: novelty and value
  • Critical thinking: Analyze and critique
Social responsibility
  • Contributing to community and caring for the environment

The activities also connect to a variety of grade-specific curricular competencies and content in a variety of subjects including Socials Studies, Science, and English Language Arts.


  • Assess students’ ability to share ideas, listen to each other and solve puzzles.
  • Assess students’ participation and cooperation in group work.
  • Assess students’ understanding of how electricity is generated in B.C.


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Crossword Clues

80.1 kb pdf

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