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Author

U.S. Energy Information Administration

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Article
  • Data
  • Interactive Media

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Format

PDF

U.S. Energy Facts Explained

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Synopsis
  • This website provides information, interactive charts, and data on energy use and production.
  • Students can visit three pages to explore United States energy data on consumption and production, imports and exports, and data and statistics.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • It provides background information on primary, secondary, renewable, and nonrenewable sources of energy.
  • The data is presented in a variety of charts and shows trends in energy consumption and production over the last 70 years.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The text is recommended for students at a high school reading level.
  • Students should have prior experience understanding and analyzing data presented in different types of charts and graphs.

Differentiation

  • Students can be split into groups, with each group analyzing one set of data and sharing their findings with the class.
  • All charts can be downloaded and printed if that will be more accessible for students.
  • This resource can be used in a Statistics class to describe the data and make hypotheses about the future of energy consumption and production.
Scientist Notes
This page from the United States Energy Information Administration offers facts and figures on how the U.S. uses energy. The information on this site has been peer-reviewed. Additionally, all of the data used to make the figures is publicly downloadable for independent verification. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 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.
      • HS.ESS3.2 Evaluate competing design solutions for developing, managing, and utilizing energy and mineral resources based on cost-benefit ratios.
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