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Last updated: July 27, 2020

Math Skill: Using <, > & = symbols  (decimal numbers)

Science Subject: Our Energy Resources

Area level: State-scale

Environmental Area: Energy

Purpose: Understand the price of electricity varies by state, compare electricity prices in Indiana with other states, and develop awareness of electricity consumption

### BACKGROUND FOR THE TEACHER

The price of electricity in our country varies by state. The state with the highest residential electricity price was Hawaii, at 32.77 cents/kwh, as of April 2020. The state with the lowest electricity price, on the other hand, was Louisiana, at 9.25 cents/kwh. The electricity price in Indiana was 12.60 cents/kwh and the price was lower than the U.S. average—13.28 cents.

### TEACHER GUIDE

The purpose of this activity is to enhance students’ skills in decimal numbers, including ordering, number comparison, and addition and subtraction of decimal numbers. This activity uses the average prices of electricity per 1kwh in 10 selected states, including Indiana, in April 2020. Data was obtained from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Math Skill: Using <, > & = symbols  (decimal numbers)

Using the electricity prices in 10 states in April 2020, students are asked to compare two decimal numbers by using < or > symbols.

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