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6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Social Studies, Earth and Space Sciences, Economics

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans, 50 - 70 mins
  • Interactive Media
  • Videos, 5 minutes, 32 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Videos, 4 minutes, 23 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Worksheets

Regional Focus

North America, United States


Google Docs, PDF, YouTube Video

Energy Justice

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  • This resource provides an online activity with an associated worksheet where students explore energy data by state and county.
  • The activity allows students to follow the scientific method in exploring the connections between energy types, energy burden, and energy availability in different locations.
  • The videos provide additional information and discuss carbon dioxide, climate change, and energy justice.
Teaching Tips


  • This activity lets students explore and analyze real energy data from the United States, applying the scientific method to important questions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with the scientific method and have access to the internet for this activity.
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  • The interactive map and data provides connections with math, geography, and economics classes for topics related to economic disparities, power company monopolies, and the ability of companies to make profits off of providing basic human needs to society (such as housing, electricity, and water).
  • History and social studies classes could use this map to discuss why the energy burden is higher on tribal lands than in neighboring areas.
  • Other resources related to this topic include Merging Social Justice with Environmentalism, What Now? Responding to Climate Change and Air Conditioning Ownership in California.
Scientist Notes
This resource is imperative to map and take inventory of energy consumption and cost using the LEAD tool. This method is valid for improving energy efficiency at the household, community, and state levels. The resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Economics
      • D2.Eco.1.9-12 Analyze how incentives influence choices that may result in policies with a range of costs and benefits for different groups.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7 Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
  • Common Core Math Standards (CCSS.MATH)
    • Statistics & Probability: Making Inferences & Justifying Conclusions (9-12)
      • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS.IC.B.6 Evaluate reports based on data.
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