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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 six components:

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

    Electrical Safety-SMART: Discusses principles of electricity science, energy science and efficiency, and strategies for indoor and outdoor electrical safety, as well as featuring testimonials from electrical accident survivors.

  2. Videos.

    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).

    The Call 811 Before You Dig video instructs kids on the importance of calling 811 before undertaking any digging projects around the home in order to prevent contact with underground utilities, through an engaging pirate-themed storyline.

  3. Ask an Expert. Questions and answers that convey interesting facts about energy and electrical safety. These are changed periodically in response to questions submitted by students.
  4. Games. Interactive games that capture kids’ interest while conveying information about electrical safety, giving students an opportunity to put principles learned in these areas into practice.
  5. It’s Not Trivial: A fun quiz-show style game that serves as a brief review of concepts introduced in the Energy Science-SMART website section.

    Make the Safe Choice: Teaches kids about safe actions to take around electricity—and the reasons behind them—in multiple possible situations at home.

    The Voltinator: Promotes student understanding of voltage and how it propels electrons between atoms in a circuit to power electric appliances.

    Find the Hidden Dangers: Illustrates numerous dangerous situations around electricity outdoors, and explains what to do about them.

  6. Activity Pages. Printable puzzles and handouts geared toward grades K-3 that reinforce electrical safety practices and energy science vocabulary.
  7. Home Inspection. Printable checklist on electrical safety practices that students can do with their families at home.