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PROPANEKIDS.COM HELPS TEACHERS BRIDGE CLASSROOM-HOME LEARNING

By Kelly Burby, a teacher in Columbus, OH

Kids get excited about safety — and bring learning home — when lessons are informative, engaging, and fun. That’s just one of the benefits teachers have noted about PropaneKids.com.

Colorful and lively, PropaneKids.com offers interactive games, age-appropriate activities, and novel ideas to deliver important propane safety messages. Entering through the teacher portal, K–6 instructors can download numerous resources — free of charge — to energize classrooms and encourage discussion. Used in conjunction with curricula, these tools can be used to support lesson plans and reinforce student understanding.

Kelly Burby, a teacher in Columbus, OH, put the site to work in the Renewable Resources Unit  of her science class. “The 2nd graders really enjoyed the dot-to-dot sheets and the word scrambles,” said Burby. “These helped kids understand how propane is a renewable energy and is better for the environment.”

PropaneKids.com also offers a teaching guide, mazes, coloring pages, and propane safety quizzes—giving instructors a selection of tools to meet learning needs of different grade levels. Each tool highlights an important safety tip or essential information about propane, such as how to detect the smell of propane or when you should have an adult test your home’s gas, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors. “The sheet explaining how propane smells was a good way to start the safety conversation at home — especially for students who didn't already have a Home Safety Plan,” added Burby.

In addition to learning about propane safety, the site can supplement lessons on pollution; sustainability; and solids, liquids, and gases. Kids can extend their learning at home through “explore” and “play” portals and a portal for their parents.

Finally, PropaneKids.com can be eye-opening for those who live in city or suburban environments. “I liked the fact that the PropaneKids’ materials showed the many uses of propane beyond what students are familiar with,” Burby noted. “It was nice not just to see a backyard grill, but to help kids understand that in many parts of the country, people use propane to power their entire homes.”