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Really understanding energy consumption and the need for energy conservation can be hard with young learners. But it can be done! Once you’ve started by helping students identify what energy is and used some of the wonderful NEED resources for energy education, here are some supplementary enery books appropriate for students in elementary school (grades 1-5).

Why Should I Save Energy? by Jen Greene presents kids whose computer crashes due to a blackout, leading the kids to examine energy use around them in their home. They come to realize that lots of machines use energy even when humans aren’t actively using the machine.

What’s so Bad About Gasoline?: Fossil Fuels and What They Do by Anne Rockwell focuses on the potential harmful effects of oil and what objects (cars, buses, etc) use gasoline. This book will help students see just how much oil is used around them.

Alternative Energy by Christine Peterson is a great follow up; now that students know about the drawbacks of oil use, this book catalogs other options, including solar, wind, water, geothermal, and biofuels.

Generating Wind Power by Niki Walker explains how exactly wind power can be turned into electricity as well as the advantages and disadvantages of using wind power.

Solar Power by Tea Benduhn explains what solar power is, how it works, gives a little information on greenhouse gases, and then explores objects that use solar power. PS: this book is also available in a Spanish edition for any bilingual teachers out there!

Do you have any other favorite energy books?

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