eesmarts™ Lessons

eesmarts lessons are fully aligned with the Connecticut Science Frameworks including the science curriculum standards and state assessment expectations for grades PreK through Grade 9.

Each eesmarts lesson features materials for students, hands-on activities, detailed teacher guidebooks, extensions and evaluation tools. The lessons are flexible and interdisciplinary and the program fits seamlessly into any class curriculum. For specific lesson materials information, please visit the links to the right.

eesmarts™ Energy Efficiency Lessons for Middle School
Content Standard/
Grade Level Expectation
Connecticut Mastery
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Inquiry Standard BINQs Curriculum Standard Connecticut Mastery
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Science Math
Grade 3 Energy Efficiency Lesson

Students will learn about natural resources, renewable and nonrenewable resources and how to reduce, reuse and recycle. These lessons are aligned with the Connecticut State Frameworks, the Connecticut Mastery Test and Grade Level Expectations for Grade 3. Students will learn through creating dough, reusing it and recycling it.

Lesson 1: Found in Nature? Made by People?
Processing natural resources into finished products takes energy.
3.4.1 B7 1-6 1.1 22, 24
Lesson 2: Renewable or Nonrenewable?
Renewable resources are never used up. Nonrenewable resources do.
3.4.3 B7 1, 3-6 3.3 14
Lesson 3: How Much Trash Are You Making?
Reusing and reducing save energy and are better for the environment than throwing things away...and everyone can help!
3.4.5 B7 1, 3-7,
9-10
1.1
2.1
3.3
16
22, 24
Lesson 4: Recycling
Recycling uses less energy and fewer natural resources than making something from raw materials.
3.4.6 B7 1, 3-7,
9-10
2.2
3.3
4.1
12
16, 22
Content Standard/
Grade Level Expectation
Connecticut Mastery
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Inquiry Standard BINQs Curriculum Standard Connecticut Mastery
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Science Math
Grade 4 Energy Efficiency Lesson

Students will learn about energy and the Water Cycle, Plants and their Environmental Needs for Survival, Energy Pathways of Electrical Circuits, and Magnetism and Electromagnets. These lessons are aligned with the Embedded Task for Grade 4. Students will learn through discovery of electrical circuits where energy comes from, how it gets into the home and how it can be used more efficiently.

Lesson 1: Solar Energy and the Water Cycle
Building a solar still to see how the sun moves water within the atmosphere.
4.3.1
4.3.2
B12 1, 3-7,
9-10
2.2
3.3
4.1
14, 15
19, 25
Lesson 2: Seeds to Food
Examining energy use and food production by growing sprouts.
4.2.1
4.2.2
B10 1, 3-6,
9-10
2.2
3.3
4.1
14, 15
19, 25
Lesson 3: Energy Pathways
Building and manipulating simple circuits of batteries, flashlight bulbs and wire.
4.4.1
4.4.2
B14
B15
1,
3-7, 9
4.1
4.2
19
22, 24
Lesson 4: Magnetism and Electromagnets
Exploring magnets, magnetic properties, polarity and electromagnets.
4.4.3
4.4.5-9
B16 1,
3-6, 9
4.1
4.2
19
22, 24
Content Standard/
Grade Level Expectation
Connecticut Mastery
Test
Inquiry Standard BINQs Curriculum Standard Connecticut Mastery
Test
Science Math
Grade 5 Energy Efficiency Lesson

Students will learn about Solar Energy, Light Reflection and Absorption, Wasted Energy, the Earth's Rotation and Tracking the Sun, and Measuring Solar Altitude. These lessons support the Grade Level Expectations for Grade 5 in the Earth Science and the Science and Technology strands of the Connecticut Science Framework.

Lesson 1: Learning to Use Heat from the Sun
Measuring and graphing temperature differences in reflecting and absorbing surfaces.
5.1.5
5.1.7
5.1.8
B19 1, 3-7,
9-10
1.1
4.1
4.2
19, 20
22, 24
Lesson 2: Wasted Energy
Comparing the temperatures of incandescent light bulbs and compact fluorescent light bulbs.
5.1.2
5.4.a
B19 1, 3-7,
9-10
1.1
4.1
4.2
19, 20
22, 24
Lesson 3: Tracking the Sun
Observing the reflection of the sun throughout the day.
5.3.1
5.3.a
B22 1, 3-7,
9-10
3.1
3.3
4.1
14
18
Lesson 4: Measuring Solar Altitude
Building a simple instrument called a gnomon to measure the height of the sun in the sky
throughout the day.
5.3.1
5.4.a
B22 1, 3-7,
9-10
3.1
3.2, 3.3
4.1
14,
17-19
25