This lesson helps students to sort out the different “flavors” of energy by organizing them into a “family tree” with “Pa Energy” and “Ma Everything” at the top (Albert Einstein once said, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it!”), and below them their “children” Kinetic and Potential, and their “grandchildren” -- thermal, sound, electrical, and radiant are kinetic energies…gravitational, nuclear, chemical, and elastic are potential energies.
This graphic organizer is two-sided...one side has fill-in notes that follow the Powerpoint, and the other shows just the pictures from the Powerpoint...this side is good to use as a formative assessment. Show the Powerpoint to walk your students through completing their "Energy Family Tree". The Powerpoint includes graphics and a few video clips to help students to differentiate between each type of energy. At the end, introduce the concept of the Law of Conservation of Energy and energy transformations by discussing what a Rube Goldberg machine is and watching a video clip of a neat Rube Goldberg machine in action.
This is a perfect segue into the Energy in Toys Activity. A trip to the Dollar Store is all you need to gather various fun, simple toys for Energy in Toys activity during which the students will practice thinking about energy transformations! Slinkies, wind-up toys, hand-clappers, zip-fliers, light-up microphones, and/or whatever toys you have on hand will work!
Students LOVE getting to play with toys for 20 minutes while they consider the types of energies being employed by each.
An quick at-home task can be assigned for homework.
I find that this lesson really sticks with students as it employs all learning styles!
Thanks for looking!