Students analyze their family's electricity/gas bill and calculate differences in cost between the holiday months and a non-holiday month. Students make inferences about why costs differ, research how our energy usage effects the environment and look at ways to conserve more energy in their homes.
I plan to send this home over the two week break so students can work on the bill analysis with families. When they return in January we'll work on the calculations and environment connections in class.
Ideas for cross-curricular extension activities are also included!