You know how they say that one makes sense of things by connecting them to prior knowledge? Well, this was exactly what our follow up discussion to the 4 day Home Energy Use survey accomplished. I was able to connect the concepts in the previous unit about weather patterns and predicting to this new unit all about energy. As a way of tuning in gently to the broad, yet very in-depth unitĀ of energy, I first connected it to something fairly familiar–electricity. What wa even more provocative was connecting to something (or should I say, someONE) real to them… their grandparents and their parents! What kind of electrical items did they have back then and how is that the same or different from what the Smartians have today??