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This teacher’s guide will help you use the e-SMARTkids site to educate your students about electrical safety, energy efficiency, and energy science. We’ve included an overview of the site’s structure and content, suggestions for enhancing students’ learning through classroom discussion, and ideas for further exploration.

Site Overview

The e-SMARTkids site uses videos, games, core curriculum science content, and activities to teach students and their families electrical safety, energy efficiency, and energy science. The site is geared to a range of interests and reading levels and can be used by students in elementary, middle, and high school. Nonreaders will need adult assistance to play the games.

This site features an extensive section for students, an informational section for teachers (you’re in that section now), and a brief section for parents.

Kids Section

This tab includes five components:

  1. Content Section - This section covers a variety of standards-related core content about electrical safety and energy science.

    Electrical Safety-SMART:
    This section of core content discusses principles of electricity science and energy science, and strategies for indoor and outdoor electrical safety, as well as featuring engaging testimonials from electrical accident survivors. It also includes a section on Energy Efficiency in the Tell Me More section.
  2. Video

    The Electrical Safety World video comprises five episodes on important electrical safety topics including conductors and insulators, indoor and outdoor electrical safety, and fallen power lines. The video is accompanied by a printable teacher’s guide and student worksheets (found in the Teachers section of the site).
  3. Ask an Expert – This section features questions (from real students) and answers (from an Electrical Safety “Expert”) that convey interesting facts about energy and electrical safety. These are changed periodically in response to questions submitted by students. All older questions are kept in an Archive accessible from a link at the bottom.
  4. Games – The section features interactive games that capture kids’ interest while conveying information about electrical safety, giving students an opportunity to put into practice principles learned on this topic.

    Who Can Resist?: A virtual conductors and insulators experiment that provides students an understanding of how some materials ‘resist’ the flow of electrical current through a circuit, and others conduct it.

    Find the Hidden Dangers: Illustrates numerous dangerous situations around electricity outdoors, and explains what to do about them.
  5. Home Inspection. Printable checklist on electrical safety practices that students can do with their families at home.