Instructional videos and free lesson plans

Are you looking for innovative and motivational ways to teach your class about energy and the environment?

We offer a variety of free resources to help teachers inspire and encourage students to learn in fun ways. Engage your students in math and science with these interactive activities. 

We would love to help you find the right tools for your classroom. Call 1-916-732-6738 or e-mail to find out about borrowing materials.


(Grades 3-5)

Learn about how the sun produces ultraviolet light and do a simple experiment to show how this may harm eyes and skin.

(Grades 3-5)

Breeze through discovering wind energy, how it can be harnessed and why it is good for the environment.

(Grades 2-3)

Team up to track the movement of the sun, discover the cardinal directions and demystify shadows.

Measuring Your Energy Use

Bring the topics of energy and environment to your math and science lessons and show students how to measure energy use. SMUD will lend watt meters for your use and give you copies of materials at no cost.

Vampire Load

Get students to think about the cost, both financial and environmental, of using energy and how to avoid wasting it.  Students will learn to recognize and calculate the cost of devices that draw power when not in use.

(Grades 3-6)

Make electric greeting cards and learn all about simple circuits with LEDs, a battery and a whole bunch of creativity.

(Grades 3-5)

Teach electric circuits and the engineering design process with fun and zany "Bristlebots."

(Grades 1-3)

Learn about engineering and design using light to create a shadow puppet theater.

This educational video about SMUD's energy sources will help students understand renewable energy, carbon reduction and how electricity is made. 

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Let’s shape tomorrow’s energy leaders with education and inspiration.