4th-5th Grades

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ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How can communities provide essential services while preserving natural resources?

Classroom Resources

How energy is made and used. 

Renewable vs. Nonrenewable Natural Resources

Cooperative Stories

Laurens Electric community solar farm subscribers
These Laurens Electric Cooperative members are subscribers of the co-op's community solar farm.


How is electricity delivered to our communities?
What are renewable and nonrenewable resources?
What is the wise use of our natural resources?
What are some renewable resources that will help fuel our future?
Your Electric Cooperatives


South Carolina students are learning how energy and fuels are derived from natural resources. Electric cooperatives depend on a mix of resources to help provide reliable and affordable power. Fourth and fifth grade students can learn ways to reduce energy as our communities continue to grow.

S.C. College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS)

Fourth Grade

4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

4-PS3-4. Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.

4-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and how their uses affect the environment.

Fifth Grade

5-ESS3-1. Evaluate potential solutions to problems that individual communities face in protecting the Earth’s resources and environment.

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems Human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life have had major effects on the land, vegetation, streams, ocean, air, and even outer space. But individuals and communities are doing things to help protect Earth’s resources and environments.

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