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


Science, Social Studies, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Charts, Graphs, and Tables

Regional Focus



Microsoft Excel

Per Capita Electricity Consumption by Source

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  • This interactive chart shows the amount of electricity used per person, by source.
  • The data can be viewed and analyzed starting from the year 1985.
Teaching Tips


  • Data can be viewed as a chart or table. Pressing the play button shows change over time starting in 1985.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Learners need be familiar with the various sources of electricity and the economic concept of "per capita."
  • Educator would need time to get familiar with this interactive media and decide on how to implement it with the learners.


  • There are other related interactive maps for measuring similar parameters.
  • Can be used to create awareness about one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Scientist Notes

The resource assesses the relative electricity consumption by sources from different countries. Students can explore to get knowledge on relative changes in electricity consumption by countries from these renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. Data output and method used are valid and suitable 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.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.6.6-8 Draw on multiple disciplinary lenses to analyze how a specific problem can manifest itself at local, regional, and global levels over time, identifying its characteristics and causes, and the challenges and opportunities faced by those trying to address the problem.
  • 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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