Lesson 8: Energy Warms Maine


What sources of heat are available to Maine people to keep their homes warm? In this lesson, students are introduced to Maine residents who are asking for students’ help in recommending a home heating fuel before the upcoming winter. 

Key Ideas 

Lesson Goals

Students will: 

Lesson Resources

Lesson PlanDownload Lesson Plan (12 pags 792 KB)

Lesson PlanStudent Handout 8.1: Consumer Profiles (1,008 KB)

Student Handout 8.2: Fuel Information Sheets (1 MB)

Student Handout 8.3: Fuel Recommendation Guidelines and Scoring Rubric (540 KB)

Student Handout 8.4: Consumer Profile and Fuel Information Sheet Group (528 KB)

Discussion Guide (528 KB)

The Energy Story

Online Extensions

Chewonki Foundation's interactive poster, Pathways to a Sustainable Future Renewable Energy, contains a wealth of information about sustainable energy and includes a number of follow up activities.

Review the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Energy Kids page that describes renewable and non renewable energy sources and while not specific to thermal energy this resource includes information about energy used to heat homes.

Participate in the National Energy Education Program (NEED)'s Great Energy Debate. Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of the major energy sources in an innovative debate format.

Investigate historical weather events in Maine:

Connection to Maine Agencies

The Maine Energy Education Program (MEEP) has a Great Energy Debate Game (4th-12th grade). In this debate, students take on the real world challenge of convincing others that one energy source is best. A MEEP representative will come to interested schools, free of charge, to guide this activity.

MEEP also has a Coal-fired Power Plant activity in which students learn how electricity is made in a power plant. Students discuss the pros and cons of using coal and discover alternative ways to spin a turbine to run a generator.

For schools in Aroostook County, a Maine Public Service (MPS) representative will come to interested schools, free of charge, to guide and support the concepts developed in this lesson.

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