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Energy Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations

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Energy Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations

It contains 5 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!

Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 5 Reading Passages!


Aligned with Energy Interactive Notebook (Not required to use this resource, but recommended)

Quick overview of topics covered in this resource include:

1.) Let’s Get the Ball Rolling with Kinetic and Potential Energy

-Overview of kinetic energy (object that is in motion)

-how it is measured (joule)

speed, mass, and velocity determine kinetic energy

-various examples of kinetic energy (A tennis ball thrown in the air, a basketball rolling down a hill)

-Overview of potential energy (object that is storing energy)

-Units of measurement (joule)

-Height, distance, and mass are factors that impact potential energy

-Various examples of potential energy (ball sitting at the top of a hill, someone about to shoot an arrow, etc.)

Keywords: kinetic energy, potential energy, joule,

2.) Heating Things Up with Thermal (Heat) Energy

-Overview of thermal energy (generated by heat, molecules moving in an object, kinetic energy)

-Description of how heat transfer works

-Three types of heat transfer

-Conduction (explanation of how it works and examples)

-Convection (explanation of how it works and examples)

-Radiation (explanation of how it works and examples)

Keywords: thermal energy, heat transfer, conduction, convection, radiation

3.) Getting Energized with Chemical Energy

-Overview of chemical energy (energy stored in the bonds of chemicals and released during a chemical reaction)

-Various examples of chemical energy (batteries, fuel, coal, matches, wood, etc.) each example, explanation of how energy is being released.

Keywords: chemical energy, chemical reaction, exothermic

4.) Types of Circuits and Electrical Energy

-Overview of electrical energy (negatively and positively charge electrons in a circuit)

-Description of how it can produce different types of energy, such as light, thermal, and sound energy.

-Description of an open circuit and how it does not produce electrical energy

-Description of closed circuit and it has a complete path for electrical currents to flow

-Description of a parallel circuit and how it contains more than one path to flow through

-Description of series circuit and how it has resistors arranged in a chain, so the circuit only has one path.

Keywords: electrical energy, negatively charged electrons, positively charged electrons, circuit, open circuit, closed circuit, parallel circuit, series circuit

5.) Creating Waves with Light and Sound Energy

Overview of Light energy (energy our eyes can detect and made up of electro-magnetic radiation)

-Overview of natural light (comes from the sun)

-Description of artificial light (any light not from the sun such as halogen, florescent light, etc)

Overview of the different ways light transfers or passes through material (absorption, refraction, reflection, and transmission)

-More in-depth definition of absorption and examples

-In-depth definition of refraction and examples

-In-depth description of reflection and examples

-In -depth description of transmission and examples

Overview of Sound energy and how it travels in a wave

-Description of how volume and pitch affect waves and frequency (Low pitch notes have lower frequency waves. High pitch notes have higher frequency waves. Soft notes have small waves and loud notes have big waves.)

Keywords: light energy, sound energy, natural light, artificial light, absorption, refraction, reflection, transmission, longitudinal waves, pitch, volume, frequency

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