Grade 6 Science
The following resources are linked to specific curriculum outcomes for the Electricity Unit of Grade 6 Science.
Grade 6 Science
The following resources are linked to specific curriculum outcomes for the Electricity Unit of Grade 6 Science. Many of these resources were developed specifically for students in Newfoundland and Labrador through the Provincial Government's HotShots initiative, which was a one-year pilot project aimed at improving students' understanding of energy efficiency and conservation.
STSE Outcome 107-9
Compare past and current needs, and describe some ways in which science and technology have changed the way people work, live and interact with the environment (e.g. describe the impact on the environment of increased energy consumption). See more
The most significant way increased energy consumption is affecting the environment is through the combustion of fossil fuels, such as oil, gas and coal. Use the interactive maps in NASA's Climate Time Machine to show how carbon emissions are increasing, global temperatures are rising, and sea ice is disappearing. Go to website
STSE Outcome 108-5
Describe how personal actions help conserve natural resources and protect the environment in their region (e.g. describe actions such as the wise use of thermostats and lighting). See more
This fact sheet explains the changes we can make in our everyday behaviours to reduce the amount of energy we use, such as turning down the heat before going to bed. Available as a PDF, this document is designed to be printed and used as a classroom handout.
This fact sheet explains how energy can be saved at home by using more energy-efficient products, such as ENERGY STAR appliances. Available as a PDF, this document is designed to be printed and used as a classroom handout.
This game is a fun way to engage students on an easy way to save energy - turning off the lights. Players are asked to switch the lights in a home on or off, depending on who's in a room. They build up points for turning the lights on and off correctly and the game gets faster and harder as the rounds go on. Go to website
Knowledge Outcome 303-30
Identify and explain different factors that could lead to a decrease in electrical energy consumption in the home and at school. See more
This fact sheet explains how schools in Newfoundland and Labrador are being built to save energy. It can be used as a handout to introduce students to the different types of technologies that make a building energy efficient.
One of the best ways individuals can save energy is by choosing products that are more energy-efficient. This worksheet asks students to calculate how much energy a family could save each year if all household appliances and electronics were ENERGY STAR models.
STSE Outcome 108-8
Describe the potential impact of the use by humans of regional natural resources (e.g. devise an action plan for reducing the consumption of electricity at home or school). See more
The Turn Back the Tide website provides individuals with information on how to reduce the amount of energy they use at home and includes tips and facts about home heating, lighting, water use and more. It's an excellent source for students to use when creating an action plan for reducing home energy use.
This fact sheet explains five great reasons to save energy in Newfoundland and Labrador, including how it's good for the environment and the air we breathe. It can be used as a handout for students to discuss the benefits of saving energy.
Knowledge Outcome 303-29
Identify and explain sources of electricity as renewable or non-renewable. See more
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro's Power Your Knowledge website takes you on a journey through electricity generation in the province. Visit the Learning Zone for resources (such as videos and fact sheets) about hydroelectricity, thermal, diesel and wind energy. Go to website
This fact sheet explains how electricity is generated in Newfoundland and Labrador. This information can be used as a handout to discuss which of the province's sources of electricity are renewable and non-renewable.