Discover Energenius educational programs
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The PG&E Energenius® Educational Series offers interactive, engaging programs for pre-kindergarten through eighth grade (pre-K-8). Programs include:
- Detailed lesson plans
- Student activity books
- Take-home materials
All the programs correlate to Common Core State Standards. All educators in the PG&E service territory qualify to receive free Energenius materials.
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View the many program options we offer by grade level. After making your selections, request your free classroom materials with our online order form. Visit Energenius Program Order Form.
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Following are brief Energenius program descriptions.
Learn about the Energenius Pre-Kindergarten Program
We Saved Energy Today (three lessons)
The We Saved Energy Today Program is designed to teach young children simple actions they can take to save energy and avoid wasting natural resources. Through a song, pre-kindergarten children learn to turn off lights when they're not needed, how and what to recycle, and ways to avoid wasting water.
The We Saved Energy Today Big Book and the student activity book introduce children to the Energenius character. As they complete a range of activities, they learn habits to save energy and become like the Energenius. Activities include:
- Broadening vocabularies
When the program is completed, the We Saved Energy Today student activity book and an Energenius Certificate can be sent home to parents or guardians.
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Program for Kindergarten through First Grade
Energenius Program for Kindergarten - First Grade (three lessons)
The Energenius Kindergarten - 1st Grade Program, We are Saving Energy! is designed to teach young children simple actions they can take to save energy and conserve natural resources at home and school. Children use listening, reading and speaking skills as they follow the text and photos in the teacher's big book or complete activities in their We are Saving Energy! calendar and activity workbooks.
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Program for Second through Third Grade
Energy and Me! (four lessons)
The Energenius "Energy and Me!" Program helps students learn about the energy they use each day to light their rooms, cook their food and power their TVs and computers. Through classroom and home activities, they learn how energy is used, how it can be saved and how natural resources can be conserved.
A 48-page activity book provides readings, research activities, investigations, art projects and more. A 12-month calendar with sticker sets focuses on energy-saving tips that students can follow throughout the year.
Learn about the Energenius Programs for Fifth through Sixth Grade
Power Down for the Environment (three lessons)
This Energenius program helps students learn where energy comes from and how it is used in their school and homes. They focus on energy-efficient habits that can save energy and reduce the impact of energy use on the environment. Students will complete surveys and energy check-up activities to learn how smart energy habits can conserve natural resources. This program can be used as a stand alone material or as part of a larger unit on energy and the environment.
The program includes a student activity book and information for families who want to do a home survey on energy efficiency. This educational program can be used as standalone material or as part of a larger study on energy and the environment.
Trees, Energy and the Environment (four lessons)
Students study many things about trees in this program, beginning with how trees provide oxygen to breathe, food to eat, an abundance of products and a habitat for animals. Students discover that trees help clean the air and also help capture the greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change. Students also study how trees can cool the air and provide the shade to make homes and buildings more energy-efficient.
Water, Energy and the Environment (three lessons)
This program includes activities on the connections between our use of water and energy. Students discover the amount of water used in power plants to produce electricity to power computers, video games and appliances. They learn how energy is used to move, treat and purify the water used in their homes and schools. Students discover that when energy is wasted, water is also wasted, and when water is wasted, energy is wasted. Class activities focus on the water cycle, ways to conserve water and energy, and ways to make a difference for the environment.
A 44-page student book includes readings, diagrams, experiments, surveys and web-based research activities, plus a detailed glossary of water-related words.
Learn about the Energenius sixth grade and above programs
Transportation, Energy and the Environment (four lessons)
Students discover how their own travels use energy. They learn how most of the fuel today that powers travel comes from oil, which is a nonrenewable energy source. They research the environmental impacts of fuels used for transportation and learn about alternative-fueled vehicles. Students develop projects that might include safe walking and cycling to school, no-idling school zones and field trips by public transit. Students discover many energy-saving actions they can take at home and school.
An activity-packed student book provides diagrams, experiments, surveys and web research. Students analyze the pros and cons of various alternative-fueled vehicles and consider other transportation options as they think "outside the car."
Energy Sources and the Environment (three lessons)
This program focuses on the renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy that power our daily lives and world. Through myriad activities, students discover connections between their own use of energy, its production and environmental impacts. They research, analyze and discuss the pros and cons of all energy sources. Students imagine their own "energy futures" and also become aware of green jobs and careers in renewable energy. A theme throughout the study is making wise choices to protect the environment and avoid wasting energy.
The student book includes readings, diagrams, experiments, surveys and numerous web-based research activities, plus a detailed glossary.
Smart Energy Technologies and the Environment (three lessons)
This program introduces students to the technologies that are "at work" in bringing electricity from where it is generated to where it is used. Students identify the energy sources and review environmental impacts of energy production and use.
A 38-page student book includes readings, diagrams, surveys and a range of web-based research activities. Activities focus on the "smart" technologies that students use as they discover what makes their phones and other devices smart. They read informational text about our aging and over-stressed U.S. electric grid that is being updated as a smart grid to meet 21st century energy needs. Students also research innovators and inventors, and collaborate in a team to "innovate" to find a solution to a problem they define. The activity book includes a detailed glossary and diagrams on how electricity and natural gas get to homes.
The teacher guide provides detailed lesson plans, background information, a glossary and ideas for extension activities. Lessons correlate to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Discover the Online Energy Resources for Educators guide
This guide can help you locate materials on the web that can assist students in learning about energy, energy efficiency and the environment. The guide, which contains live links, can be viewed online or printed as a 24-page booklet. Download Online Energy Resources for Educators (PDF, 4.21 MB).
Get the Green Careers Resource guide
This guide was developed for high school counselors, teachers, career advisors and other educators who want to introduce students to a world of green jobs and careers. The guide, which contains live links, can be viewed online or printed as a 32-page booklet. Download Green Careers Resource Guide (PDF, 778 KB).