Grade Level

Fifth Grade

Current Project

Ray's Electricity Model

Current Learning Standards Addressed


SC.O.5.1.11 construct and use charts, graphs and tables to organize, display, interpret, analyze and explain data.

SC.O.5.3.02 construct a variety of useful models of an object, event, or process.

Learning Skills and Technology Tools

21C.O.5-8.1.TT6 Student uses advanced features and utilities of spreadsheet software, (e.g. functions, formulas, filters, sorts, creates graphs and charts), to perform calculations and to organize, analyze and report data.

21C.O.5-8.2.LS1 Student engages in a critical thinking process that supports synthesis and conducts evaluations by applying comprehension criteria.

Summary of Current Lesson

Use Ray's calculator to measure how much electricity he uses. Make your own model that shows electricity being used.

Analysis of indicators of Engaged Learning in Current Lesson (strengths and opportunities for improvement).

Weaknesses: Authenticity. The current lesson is not meaningful to fifth grade students. The students are not involved as it's not personal. The pictures are outdated in the current project.

Strengths: Excel worksheets.

Summary of Technology Uses in Current Lesson

Students are asked to complete an Excel worksheet using formulas. They are also responsible for cutting and pasting images within an Excel workbook from page to page.

NEW Adaptation Title

101 Green Street

Learning Standards Added (if any)


Summary of Your Adaptation

Students will create and design their dream home making them as energy efficient as possible. Houses must include at least 3 rooms: kitchen, living room and bedroom. Kitchen must include stove, refrigerator, and microwave. Homes must have some type of heating and cooling. Other rooms must have at least 2 appliances each that use electricity. All rooms must include lighting. Students will set up their floor plans on an excel document. Students can take cameras to local appliance stores to take pictures or get pictures of appliances, etc off of the internet, including kilowatt per hours information. Students will be given money to "run" their homes for a portion of time, staying within their budget. Students whose homes run most efficiently can use their money to purchase items and rewards.

Springboard ideas: lesson: Power Up. Power company comes in to talk about energy efficient appliances, provide lists of kilowatt usage. Architects or carpenters to come in to talk. Bring in Solar panels/ homemade power generators to run appliances for demonstration. Virtual tours of energy efficient homes. Building solar panels, windmills, other energy conservation ideas to go along with homes...

The Energy Story
Power Up

Assessment: In follow up, what are some ways to save electricity if you couldn't have your dream home. Embed floor plan within some type of presentation for the class.

How you strengthened the use of technology and the Indicators of Engaged Learning

Students will use more digital technologies such as cameras to document appliances. Digital editing software to be used to edit and include pictures within excel document. Students will need to conduct online research and utilize word processing software to compile results.