National Science Standards
Background Information, Vocabulary and Materials
Handouts and Worksheets
1x, 50-min. period
as Inquiry: Content Standard A:
As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop:
in Personal and Social Perspectives:
Content Standard F:
As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of:
Each student will:
The purpose of the Lighting in the Library activity is to calculate the electricity used to provide lighting in the school library and determine the feasibility of saving energy and money by using energy efficient lighting fixtures.
Your students will assume the role of an energy auditor assigned the task of assessing the current situation and making a recommendation for energy-efficient improvements. This activitity requires a selection of a room or section of the school, an examination of the school’s energy bill, and a basic understanding of algebraic concepts as a problem solving strategy.
Read through the Lighting in the Library* materials and identify a building or room in the school that will work to use for the lighting audit. For your convenience and faster download time, Lighting in the Library has been divided into three sections.
Specifically review “Student Worksheets” pages 1, 2, 3, and 4 for this
lesson. For Step 4 on page 3, obtain a school energy (electricity) bill or find out the average cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity.
Refer back to the Advance Organizer slide number
five and note that part of providing efficient, comfortable and productive
spaces involves effective and efficient lighting. Explain that we'll be
looking at lighting by using the Lighting in the Library materials
and conducting our own lighting audit.
Read and discuss Lighting in the Library’s “Student Worksheets” pages 1 and 2 together as a class.
Lighting in the Library’s “Student Worksheets” pages 1, 2, 3, and 4.
This material part of final test. See Testing Blueprint in Teacher's Guide for details.
in the Library
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Office of Building Technology, State and Community Programs
(202) 586- 69240
Individual pages from this web site may be printed and duplicated for
student classroom use provided that proper credit is given to
the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC).