What state generates the largest solar power in the United States?

Grade level: 5th – 6th grades

Skills: Circle graph & Fraction 

Related environmental issues: Renewable Energy

The circle graph below shows how much solar power was generated from the top five solar power generating states in the United States in December, 2017.

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  1. What state generated larger amount of solar power than the rest of the states combined?
  2. What state generated as much solar power as North Carolina?
  3. What state generated one seventh as much solar power as California?
  4.  What state generated one fourth as much solar power as North Carolina and Arizona combined?

Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2018. Electric Power Monthly (Table 1.17.A. Net Generation from Solar Photovoltaic)



Answer keys

1. California

2. Arizona

3. Nevada    42 ÷ 7 = 6

4. Texas    8 + 8 = 16    16 ÷ 4 = 4



Together how many states generate half of wind power in the U.S.?

Grade level: 3rd – 5th grades

Skills: Circle graph 

Related environmental issues: Energy 

The circle graph below shows where and how much wind power was generated in the United States in 2017.

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  1. What state generated one fourth of wind power in the United States?
  2. Which state generated more wind power, Oklahoma or California?
  3. Was the wind power in Texas more than the wind power in Oklahoma, Iowa, and California combined or less?
  4. Together, how many states generated about half of wind power generated in the United States?


Sources: U.S. Department of Energy, 2018. U.S. Installed and Potential Wind Power Capacity and Generation


Answer keys

1. Texas

2. Oklahoma

3. More

4. 4 states