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Register here to receive these FREE materials for your classroom. These programs educate students on the importance of electrical and natural gas safety.

Fourth/Fifth Grade Program

The scope of this program is to teach core energy science concepts related to both electricity and natural gas. The electric portion of the program discusses generation, transmission and distribution of electricity which includes circuits, conductors and insulators.  The natural gas lesson explains how the fuel is the produced and transported, which includes topics such as producing wells, compressor stations and regulators. The lesson also reinforces important safety information such as identifying the signs of a pipeline leak, indoor electrical hazards as well power line safety.

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Science and Electrical Safety book from NorthWestern Energy

1. Science and Electrical Safety Book

The four-color, 12-page booklet explains the science behind electrical safety. Contains: electrical safety rules; basics of atoms; elements and molecules; description of electrical conductors and insulators;  simple experiment on circuits, and physical laws related to the nature of electricity. Level: 4th/5th Grade. Note: this item is not available in Nebraska or Kalispell, Montana

Safety poster from NorthWestern Energy

2. Electrical Safety Poster

Features a brochure on one side and a colorful fold-out 12″ x 18″ poster on the other side. Level: 4th/5th Grade. Note: this item is not available in Nebraska or Kalispell, Montana

Natural Gas Safety book from NorthWestern Energy

3. Natural Gas Safety Booklet

This four-color, 12-page booklet measures 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall. Book explains the basic natural gas safety; locating buried gas lines before digging, and the dangers of construction zones. Book describes fossils and fossil fuels. The book includes a hands-on science activity and an overview of the natural gas distribution system. Level: 4th/5th Grade

Sniffasaurus Scratch 'N Sniff card

4. Sniffasaurus Scratch ‘N Sniff Cards

Demostrates Mercaptan smell. Level: 4th/5th Grade

Third Grade Program

Louie the Lightning Bug® and Sniffasaurus®

The scope of this program is to educate students about the inherent hazards of electricity and natural gas.  Through fun and interactive activities, students will learn important electric and natural gas safety information, such as recognizing the smell of natural gas, identifying the signs of a pipeline leak, indoor electrical hazards as well power line safety.

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Louie the Lightning Bug's House of Hazards

1. Louie’s Electrical Safety House of Hazards

Louie’s House of Hazards is a 17 by 11 inch educational safety handout that is folded in the middle to create a four-page piece.

The center spread consists of a four-color drawing depicting 13 electrical contact hazards inside and around the home. Students try to identify all 13.

The fourth page contains an answer key, score box and a list of Louie Tips for Safety. Level: 3rd Grade.Note: this item is not available in Nebraska or Kalispell, Montana

Louie's Electricks Activity Book from NorthWestern Energy

2. Louie’s Electricks!

“Louie’s Electricks” is a 16-page activity book that is loaded with educational games, puzzles and information about electrical safety. Level: 3rd Grade.Note: this item is not available in Nebraska or Kalispell, Montana

Sniffy's Gas House of Hazards

3. Sniffy’s Gas Safety House of Hazards

Natural Gas House of Hazards is a 17×11 inch educational safety handout. The handout is folded in the middle to create a four-page piece.

The first page features a colorful picture of Sniffy. The center spread consists of a four-color drawing depicting seven natural gas hazards inside and around the home. Students try to identify all seven.

The back page contains an answer key, score box and a list of Tips for Safety.

Level: 3rd Grade

4. Sniffy Activity Book

The 16 page, 8 1/2 x 11 inch Sniffy activity book is RP1162 compliant. The book teaches formation and distribution of natural gas as well as important natural gas safety rules. Book is in black and white and can be colored by child. Book also contains a variety of fun activities including connect-the-dots, fill in the blank, hidden words, a maze and more! Level: 3rd Grade.

Sniffasaurus Scratch 'N Sniff card

5. Sniffasaurus Scratch ‘N Sniff Cards

Demostrates Mercaptan smell. Level: 3rd Grade

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Water Measuring Activity

Water Measuring Activity

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