Grade 9 Science
The following resources are linked to specific curriculum outcomes for the Electricity Unit of Grade 9 Science.
Grade 9 Science
The following resources are linked to specific curriculum outcomes for the Electricity Unit of Grade 9 Science. Many of these resources were developed specifically for students in Newfoundland and Labrador through the Provincial Government's HotShots initiative, which was a one-year pilot project aimed at improving students' understanding of energy efficiency and conservation.
STSE Outcome 113-6
Evaluate the design of a technology and the way it functions on the basis of identified criteria such as the cost and the impact on daily life and the environment (e.g. evaluate the design of certain electrical appliances on the basis of their electrical consumption and the cost associated with the consumption of electricity). See more
ENERGY STAR-certified appliances and electronics are the most energy-efficient options available. Students can use this website to investigate how much energy these products save. For example, ENERGY STAR-certified clothes washers are designed to use about 20% less energy and 35% less water than standard washers. Go to Website
STSE Outcome 113-9
Make informed decisions about applications of science and technology, taking into account environmental and social advantages and disadvantages (e.g. make a decision about using appliances that takes into account the advantages of these appliances and the environmental impact). See more
Students can use the Turn Back the Tide Carbon Calculator to calculate their carbon footprint. By identifying which appliances and electronics they have in their home and inputting some other factors (such as their monthly energy bill), students can see the amount of greenhouse gases that are released from the energy they use. Use the tool
This fact sheet explains five great reasons to save energy in Newfoundland and Labrador, including how it's good for the environment and the air we breathe. It can be used as a handout for students to discuss the benefits of saving energy.
Knowledge Outcome 308-18
Relate electrical energy to domestic power consumption costs. See more
One of the best ways individuals can save energy is by choosing products that are more energy-efficient. This worksheet asks students to calculate how much energy a family could save each year if all appliances and electronics were ENERGY STAR models.
This link opens as a Microsoft Excel workbook. The workbook has preset calculations that show how much energy and money can be saved by purchasing more efficient lighting. To use the workbook, start by entering a quantity for each type of light. Then click on the blue box to see how much electricity and money the lights save annually and over their lifetime (or "life cycle") of the lights.
Knowledge Outcome 308-20
Describe the transfer and conversation of energy from a generating station to the home. See more
Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro's Power Your Knowledge website takes you on a journey through electricity generation in the province. Visit the Learning Zone for resources (such as videos and fact sheets) about hydroelectricity, thermal, diesel and wind energy. Go to website
This fact sheet explains how electricity is generated in Newfoundland and Labrador. This information can be used as a handout to discuss which of the province's sources of electricity are renewable and non-renewable.
STSE Outcome 113-13
Propose a course of action on social issues related to science and technology, taking into account human and environmental needs (e.g. propose a course of action that reduces the consumption of electrical energy). See more
Understanding how we use energy is the first step to saving energy. This fact sheet explains how energy is used in Newfoundland and Labrador, including what it's used for in homes and in schools. It can be used as a starting point to discuss why we use so much energy and the areas where we can use energy more wisely.
This fact sheet explains the changes we can make in our everyday behaviours to reduce the amount of energy we use, such as turning down the heat before going to bed. Available as a PDF, this document is designed to be printed and used as a classroom handout.
This fact sheet explains how energy can be saved at home by choosing more energy-efficient products, such as ENERGY STAR appliances. Available as a PDF, this document is designed to be printed and used as a classroom handout.
Schools in Newfoundland and Labrador are being built to save energy. This fact sheet can be used as a handout to introduce students to the different types of technologies that make a building energy efficient.