eesmarts Resources for Parents
Explore the properties of static electricity, identify phantom power or capture solar energy. Six virtual mini-lessons, which are subsets of the full eesmarts lessons that educators use across Connecticut, have been developed. These lessons are now available for parents and children to explore at home. eesmarts virtual mini-lessons are aligned in Connecticut with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards for Math & English Language Arts.
Each eesmarts virtual mini-lesson provides parents and children an overview of a topic, a lesson presentation video with optional activity, and to links to videos, books or resources for further exploration.
Mini-lessons can be completed in about 20 minutes and are structured in an easy to follow format that guides the student every step of the way. We recommend that you:
- Review what your child will see and learn in the overview
- View the lesson video together to learn together
- Download and complete an activity worksheet that asks your child to reflect and review what they have just experienced
- Go deeper by selecting and completing any or all the extension activities
Choose any of the following lessons and get started exploring today!
- Grade 3
- It’s Shocking! - Virtual Static Stations (English)
- It's Shocking! - Virtual Static Stations (Spanish)
- Grade 4
- Insulators and Conductors (English)
- Insulators and Conductors (Spanish)
- Grade 5
- Phantom and Wasted Energy (English)
- Phantom and Wasted Energy (Spanish)
- Middle School
- Energy Roller Coaster (English)
- Energy Roller Coaster (Spanish)
- Middle School
- Capturing Solar Energy (English)
- Capturing Solar Energy (Spanish)
- Middle School
- Water Cycle (English)
- Water Cycle (Spanish)
Energy Savings Challenge:
Do you want to become more energy efficient and save energy and money as a family?
With your children, explore the newsletter, conduct a home energy survey and take a family pledge to save energy. Each newsletter contains five energy savings actions that families can implement at home and school to save energy every day.
Did you know there are phantoms in your home?
Not the ghosts you see in movies and during Halloween, but energy phantoms. Are there phantoms haunting your house? This eesmarts newsletter will teach children where to look for phantom power and how they can vanquish the phantoms.
- Phantom Power Newsletter (English)
- Phantom Power Newsletter (Spanish)
Have you ever heard the expression, “A penny saved is a penny earned?”
The less energy you use, the more money you get to keep.
This eesmarts newsletter will teach children that using energy-efficient products and taking energy-saving actions can help your family save money.
- Saving Energy Makes Cents Newsletter (English)
- Saving Energy Makes Cents Newsletter (Spanish)
Do you know what the difference is between “energy efficiency” and “energy conservation”?
They both result in energy savings but do so in different ways.
In this eesmarts newsletter children learn about different light bulbs, lumens and how to save energy around your home.
- Bright Ideas Newsletter (English)
- Bright Ideas Newsletter (Spanish)
How many energy-savings actions do you take around your home?
Take our survey to see where you can improve.
- Student and Parent Energy Saving Survey (English)
- Student and Parent Energy Saving Survey (Spanish)
Take a pledge to save energy.
Print and post your family’s pledge on the refrigerator or bulletin board so you can be reminded to save energy!
- Energy-Savings Pledge (English)
- Energy-Savings Pledge (Spanish)
For more ways to save energy at home visit EnergizeCT.com
Energy Education Resource Links:
Explore these great websites for information, games, activities on energy, safety and conservation.
Energy Information Administration
Project Energy Savers
National Energy Foundation