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Student reporters use this activity to create a television show about electricity.

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  • Current Energy AffairStudent reporters use this activity to create a television show about electricity.

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    NEED Mission StatementThe mission of The NEED Project is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.

    Teacher Advisory Board StatementIn support of NEED, the national Teacher Advisory Board (TAB) is dedicated to developing and promoting standards-based energy curriculum and training.

    Permission to CopyNEED materials may be reproduced for non-commercial educational purposes.

    Energy Data Used in NEED MaterialsNEED believes in providing the most recently reported energy data available to our teachers and students. Most statistics and data are derived from the U.S. Energy Information Administrations Annual Energy Review that is published yearly. Working in partnership with EIA, NEED includes easy to understand data in our curriculum materials. To do further research, visit the EIA website at EIAs Energy Kids site has great lessons and activities for students at


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    Current Energy Affair

    Table of Contents Standards Correlation Information 4

    Teacher/Student Leader Guide 5

    Story Leads 7

    Questions 8

    Sample Scripts

    String of Pearls 9

    The Electrolympics 11

    Electricity 13

    Negawatt Diet 15

    Crime Watch 17

    Changing Electrotraffic Patterns 19

    Time Tunnel to Tomorrow 21

    Evaluation Form 23

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    Standards Correlation

    Next Generation Science Standards This guide effectively supports many Next Generation Science Standards. This material can satisfy performance expectations, science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and cross cutting concepts within your required curriculum. For more details on these correlations, please visit NEEDs curriculum correlations website.

    Common Core State Standards This guide has been correlated to the Common Core State Standards in both language arts and mathematics. These correlations are broken down by grade level and guide title, and can be downloaded as a spreadsheet from the NEED curriculum correlations website.

    Individual State Science Standards This guide has been correlated to each states individual science standards. These correlations are broken down by grade level and guide title, and can be downloaded as a spreadsheet from the NEED website.

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    Teacher GuideThis activity introduces students to electric power generation, distribution, management, and history as they create news broadcasts.

    &BackgroundThis activity is modeled after a television news broadcast with student correspondents reporting on seven major areas of electric power generation. Using NEEDs electricity fact sheet from the Energy Infobooks and the Current Energy Affair story leads, students develop presentations on seven areas of electric power generation.

    Concepts Electricity is a secondary source of energy that is easily transported. It is an effective energy carrier. Three types of power plants produce most of the electricity we use. Electric power is very reliableover 98 percent in the United States. Watts, kilowatts, and megawatts are all measures of electric power. Demand-side management affects the quantity and timing of electricity demand. EnergyGuide labels and ENERGY STAR ratings help consumers buy efficient home appliances. Many factors affect the cost of electricity. The nations electricity comes mostly from large electric utility companies and also from small independent power producers.

    The use of energy efficiency technologies and energy conservation techniques can significantly reduce electricity consumption.

    Materials One Current Energy Affair story lead for each student One electricity fact sheet for each student (found in the Secondary Energy Infobook, available at*

    One copy of the Current Energy Affair Questions worksheet for each student Sample scripts for the alternate procedure on page 6 (optional)

    *NOTE: If you wish to use the electricity fact sheet from the Intermediate Energy Infobook instead with students for this activity, advise them of the sections that correspond to their story lead.

    Procedure Step OnePreparation

    Familiarize yourself with the activity and the information in the electricity fact sheet. Make copies of the fact sheet, the Current Energy Affair Questions, and the seven story leads. Each student in the group should have a copy of the fact sheet, question sheet, and their story.

    Separate students into seven groups. Step TwoIntroduce unit to the class

    Introduce the activity to the class. Explain that the students will be working in small groups and give them guidelines for working together.

    Grade Levels Intermediate, grades 6-8 Secondary, grades 9-12

    TimeTwo to four 45-minute class periods

    Additional ResourcesThe following supplemental materials about electricity production, consumption, and specific sources used to generate electricity can be found at

    Grades 6-8 Resources Intermediate Energy Infobook Energy From the Wind Energy From the Sun Energy of Moving Water Energy From Uranium Energy Flows

    Grades 9-12 Resources Secondary Energy Infobook Exploring Wind Energy Exploring Photovoltaics Exploring Hydropower Exploring Nuclear Energy Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage

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    Give this explanation of the activity to the class: You have all probably seen television shows in which investigative reporters go behind-the-scenes to uncover information about various feature

    stories. In this activity, you will be the investigative reporters assigned to uncover stories about electricity. Electric power generation has been divided into seven areas. Background information and story leads have been written for each of these areas. Your job is to develop a news story to teach your audience about one area of electricity.

    Assign students to the groups you have selected and distribute the story leads, fact sheets, and Current Energy Affair Questions. Note: If you are using the alternate procedure (see below), explain to the students that their assignment is to make presentations, using the scripts.

    Step ThreeMonitor group work

    Once students are in their groups, have them read through the sections of the fact sheet listed at the top of their story lead and compile a list of important facts. Emphasize that their list must answer the questions that correspond to their lead on the question sheet. Have the students read their lead and decide how to incorporate their list of facts into the story. Students should develop their story and rehearse their presentations.

    Step FourStudent presentations

    Now its time for the group presentations. Make sure students have their Current Energy Affair Questions with them so they can answer the questions from the presentations of other topics. You can use the following lead to introduce the students presentations:

    Whats the first thing that comes to your mind when someone mentions your local electric power company? Well, if that image in your mind is not a positive one, you havent been reading all the information you get in your monthly utility bill. Electric utilities are promoting a unique new partnership among the makers, buyers, and users of electric powera sort of Utilities & Us approach to electricity. To bring you up-to-date, Current Energy Affair presents an in-depth profile on the new relationship between electric utilities and their customers. Featured all this week are stories on whats up with our utilities.

    After the presentations, students should hand in their completed Current Energy Affair Questions. You may go over the answers in class if time remains.

    Step FiveEvaluation

    You can use the grading outline below, or design your own, to evaluate student performance. Script25 points Presentation40 points Group work10 points Curre