These 10 energy stations are fantastic for reviewing, introducing, teaching or assessing knowledge about the different types of energies. All you have to do is print them, make copies of the student booklet and you’ve got a great lesson! This will require little to no planning, except planning where the stations will be in your room. The students will using technology, they will be engaged and they will be moving! The following stations can be found in this packet:
1. Light Energy
2. Light Reflection, Refraction and Absorption
3. Heat (Thermal) Energy
4. Sound Energy
5. Kinetic and Potential Energy
6. Electrical Energy
7. Electrical Circuits
8. Wind Energy
9. Hydroelectric Energy
10. Magnetism (Force not an energy)
Using Unit as a 10 Station Lab:
Each station has a reading component, a QR Code that will lead to a video (must have Flash Player is installed) and some have a suggestions for an activity. The student booklet allows the students to respond by describing the energy in their own words, provide an example of it and give an example of an energy transformation. You may do these over 2 class periods or over a week completing 2 stations a day and reviewing responses at the end to correct any inaccuracies or misconceptions.
Using the stations as a 2-week unit:
WHOLE CLASS METHOD
You may extend this unit to use over two weeks would be by separating the stations’ activities. Complete the activities as a whole class. You can watch the videos and answer the questions in each video. Then you can complete the station activity and reading passage in small groups. This would mean you would have to duplicate each activity for each group. You may do the handout portion as a whole class and discuss the answers together.
FLEXIBLE GROUPS METHOD
Another way to extend the unit over two weeks by separating the stations’ activities into stations to be completed by flexible groups. One group can do the reading portion of the activity. While another group watches the video and answers the questions in the video. Then the station activity can be completed with the teacher as guided group activity. Finally, the class convenes to work on the student hand out independently and answers are discussed as an exit slip.