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UNIT: Green Building Context for Electric/Magnetic forces, Energy, Waves and Signals

LESSON: How Electricity is Used and Regulated at Home

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Part of the lesson series “Green Building Context for Electric/Magnetic forces, Energy, Waves and Signals”. Designed for middle school physical science, students check volts and amps of devices they use at home.

Lesson Specs

Suitable for Grades

8th Grade
7th Grade
6th Grade

Satisfies Academic Standards: 

MS-PS2-3 - Electric & Magnetic Forces
OSPI ESE 2: The Natural & Built Environment
OSPI ESE 3: Sustainability & Civic Responsibility

Sustainable System Focus:

Buildings and Urban Planning

Academic Subjects


Submitted by:

Jeffrey Burgard

Last Updated:

June 22, 2020, 7:18:37 PM

Content Connection

If students are studying electricity, this is a great addition to help them understand thier own home electrical systems

Community Relevance

When people understand the electrical systems in their home, they can make better choices about how it is used and help accomplish community energy goals

Lesson Plan

  1. Materials
  2. Teacher
  3. PowerPoint slides
  4. Video: Source to Switch
  5. Local Power Bill
  6. Student
  7. Home energy use page
  8. Time needed - 1/2-1 period
  9. -Show the video Source to Switch
  10. -Have students turn and talk about the video and have a class discussion about anything that surprised them
  11. -Hand out the Home energy use page-
  12. -Show the PowerPoint slides showing how electricity comes into the home and the location of circuit boxes and how to calculate watts etc. (see slide notes for details.
  13. -Have them complete the page at home.
  14. -Have a short discussion the next day about what they discovered