Energy Science Stations for Fourth Grade Next Generation Science Standards include 10 different science stations where students can deepen their understanding of energy, transfer of energy and forces. The focus is on 4-PS3.A-D & ETS1.A and includes concepts such as kinetic and potential energy, forms of energy, rollercoasters, thermal energy, heat transfer, sound energy, the Law of Conservation of Energy, electrical energy, and light energy.
By working through this mega-set of stations, students will gain a robust understanding of energy, energy transfer, and conservation of energy. The Engineering Standards for fourth grade are also incorporated into this set of stations. See the preview for more details on the how the four physical science Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are combine and how the engineering standards are incorporated.
► Vocabulary Cards
in two formats with and without pictures.
- Students watch a video about energy of a video about kinetic and potential energy then answer questions about the video.
- Students interact with a video game about different forms of energy of light energy then answer questions about the games.
- Students build a rollercoaster to conduct an investigation about potential and kinetic energy. They discuss design challenges, constraints and criteria. Students then answer questions to reinforce the concepts learned.
- Students read about thermal energy and complete a diagram showing different ways head is transferred. Students answer questions about the diagram.
► Read a Passage
- Students read a passage about sound energy and answer questions.
- There are two modeling stations. #1: Students read about and model the Law of Conservation of Energy then answer questions about it. #2: Students read about electrical energy in batteries and make their own battery then answer questions about the model.
- There are two explore stations: #1: Students read about and explore electrical energy then answer questions. #2: Students read about different light energy and explore a laser light then answer questions.
- Students read about different types of energy and sort pictures into categories matching the types of energy.
Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in the blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journal, but worksheets are included as well.
Some stations include two or more activity choices and extension activities.
Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.
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Additional Science Stations are also available.
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