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Power Up!: A Visual Exploration of Energy

Tse, Glenda (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2015. 56 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781554517268 (paperback)
9781554517275 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 333.79
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

layout, multimodal, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“What makes our world light up, work, and go?” this picture book asks, providing answers about the nature of energy, forms of non-renewable and renewable energy, and the future of energy.

Each chapter includes data—we learn, for instance, that 21% of people in the world have no access to electricity—as well as explanations that range from technical to conversational (an explanation of transformers points out that voltage reduction is required “otherwise it would blow out all your appliances!”) The final chapter, on energy use and overuse, illustrates geopolitical disparities and clearly shows that current global consumption patterns are unsustainable.

Bright, block-colour, cartoonish graphics depict abstract concepts like energy use percentages, as well as more tangible examples: “The bus that takes you to school needs energy from fuel to make it go.” Carefully laid out, in casual fonts on solid-colour backgrounds, the visual aspects of the book are compelling and integral to conveying the book’s argument for wiser energy use.

A very short glossary of energy terms and a list of online sources are also included.

  •  

    Browse through the book, noting the different types of infographics. Discuss which are most appealing, most complex and most effective in conveying information.

  •  In a group, create a trivia game about energy using information from the book.
  •  

    Explore the various energy options available in your city or neighbourhood. Choose a type of organizer featured in the book to show your findings.

  •  

    As a group, explore the structures and features of this book. Note the varying fonts and graphic organizers. Discuss how they help you understand a more complex subject.

  •  

    Brainstorm what you know about energy and add to a KWL chart. Add to it as you read.

  •  Research how you use different kinds of energy at home. Make a graphic organizer to show your results.
  •  

    What energy options are available in your city or neighbourhood? Show your findings in an organizer featured in the book.

  •  

    Create a T-chart. With a partner, brainstorm the pros and cons of the top energy sources, like fossil fuels, nuclear energy and hydropower. Discuss your thinking as a class.

  •  

    As you read, augment and revise your T-chart with new information.

  •  

    Inspired by the book, create a digital poster to share your research on an energy-related topic, such as cars of the future, oil sands, greenhouse gas emissions or water pollution.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To communicate appropriately
  • To cooperate with others
  • To solve problems
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology