4-PS3-4 Energy Transformation Lab Stations Activity

4-PS3-4 Energy Transformation Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 4-PS3-2. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Energy Transformation Lab Learning Objectives
1. Discuss energy transformation.
2. Make observations and explain how energy transforms from one form to another in different scenarios.
3. Build, test and improve a device that converts one form of energy into another.

Science Skills Station
Students will make observations to study energy transformation. Students will observe different scenarios and describe the transformation of energy that is occurring in each scenario.

Narrative Station
Students will read a passage about energy transformation. Students will also watch a video about energy transformation.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas about energy transformation. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will build a passive solar oven at this station. Students will follow a general plan to build the oven. Students will have opportunities to alter the design of the oven in order to maximize its use.

Synthesis Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to best summarize the information in this lab. With this project, students will design, build and test a toy car that uses a DC motor and electric circuit. The car will have to travel five feet in a relatively straight line to be considered successful. Students will be constrained in time and resources.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
1 Computer or tablet
1 Basketball
1 Blow dryer
1 Fan
1 Flashlight (with batteries)
1 Tambourine
1 Pizza box (per group)
Various colored construction paper
Newspaper
Saran wrap
Wax paper (letter-sized pieces)
Felt (letter-sized pieces)
Tape and scissors
Graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows

If performing the directed synthesis project in class you will also need:
DC mini motors, motor holders, wire, battery holders and AA batteries (available as a package for purchase online)
Cardboard
Straws
Toothpicks
Rubber bands
Thin wood dowel rods
Paper clips
Popsicle sticks
Plastic bottles (w/ caps)
Corks
Buttons
Extra plastic bottle caps
Scissors

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
33 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
4 days
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