This is such an intense topic to try and create a brief introduction to students. What to keep in? What can I leave out? I found the professional development (PD) resources I listed after the lesson summary to be helpful in guiding the decisions I made. These are the main ideas I’ve come up with for the moment that I would like students to take away from the activities. We will go more in depth with thermal energy in the next lessons since it is such a driving mechanism for many of the “cycles” we will be learning throughout the year.
Students will obtain, evaluate, and communicate information as well as develop and use models:
- To describe the various forms of energy
- To explain how one form of energy can be transformed into another
- To distinguish between kinetic and potential energy
- Energy is something used to make something move, make it move differently, or to change its position.
- Energy is also something used to change matter in some way.
Key Ideas from the Lessons:
Sequence of Lessons Summary:
Lesson 1: Begin by telling students that our world is basically two things: matter (stuff) and energy (something that makes stuff do stuff). Explain that they will be using various sources to discover some key concepts about energy. Google classroom would be very helpful here with posting the resources and supporting students on their “webquest”. If you don’t have access to Google Classroom, I suggest Edmodo as another helpful place to post these resources. Pass out the students’ sheets and go over the directions:What is energy webquest As students work on the assignment, you are circulating and offering guidance or clarification as needed as well as informally assessing students’ ideas about energy.
What is energy?/Types of energy
- Book: Teacher PD Teaching Energy Across the Sciences, K-12 Read an excerpt
- Video: Teacher PD “Fired Up About Energy – explores common student misconceptions related to the study of energy and suggests methods for effectively representing and discussing the topic in the classroom.”
- Video: Study Jams Energy and Matter
- Video: Bill Nye the Science the Guy Energy
- Video: World’s Most Asked Questions: What is Energy?
- Video: A Look at Energy
- Tutorial: Energy Makes it Happen
- Infographic: Basic Forms of Energy
- PowerPoint: types_of_energy
- Article: Getting to Know Potential Energy
- Article: What is Energy?
- Webquest assignment: What is energy webquest