Students will be using real-life energy use data to learn how to use spreadsheets and create graphs to better organize and view data. Discussions can then follow to analyze the data and explain the usage. Real rates are then provided, and students can use the electricity consumed data to create a utility bill for the consumer and compare the standard Residential Service charges to if the member were instead billed by the “Time of Use” rate.
This is a worksheet that is a resource to review to graphing coordinate points while working on other reasoning skills. It facilitates group and class discussion nicely because there are multiple "correct" answers in deciding which point doesn't belong with the others. It also allows for students to create their own ideas for reasoning why a point doesn't belong.
This lesson plan is for a cross-curricular project that helps students investigate their electricity use and devise a plan for how they could maintain their normal activities for two days without using power (such as during a power outage). The idea came from the need many companies have for a back-up plan when they lose power during a storm but still need to maintain their operations.