Lesson Plan

Forms of Energy

The amount of energy Americans use doubles every 20 years. The first instructional activity in a 10-part series teaches scholars about different forms of energy. They rotate through five stations with hands-on activities or experiments at each in order to determine the forms of energy they observe.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • If your class is large, you might want to set up two of each station so there are fewer kids per group as they rotate
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires some nonstandard science equipment such as an assortment of wind-up toys with different actions
  • Ideally the two pages of the worksheet should be printed in color; alternatively they could be printed large and displayed as posters
  • Be aware of any potential allergies, especially to the gelatin and food coloring
Pros
  • Includes types of energy many pupils don't consider such as sound and elastic
  • Pacing keeps scholars engaged and active
  • Uses think-pair-share and KWL chart
Cons
  • None
Common Core