The Energy Unit includes 8 lesson plans with hands-on activities for every lesson, 4 experiments with guided worksheets, electricity and magnet centers, and an end of unit test.
Lesson 1 & 2: Kinetic and Potential Energy
Students will learn about kinetic and potential energy with a hands-on paper airplane activity and will create their own action flip books. A worksheet for extra practice is also included.
Lesson 3 & 4: Electricity
Students will learn about the parts of a circuit, open and closed circuits, and parallel and series circuits through discovery learning and hands-on practice. Different diagrams are included to guide the instruction. Students will also complete an experiment to test different materials to determine if they are conductors or insulators.
Lesson 5 & 6: Light
Students will conduct a light experiment to determine which objects are opaque, transparent, or translucent. They will complete various activities to learn about absorption, reflection, and refraction. They will complete a magazine hunt to find examples of the terms above.
Lesson 7: Sound
Students will discover how sound is made by exploring different materials and their vibrations. They will practice changing the pitch of the sound. They will conduct an experiment to determine whether materials are better reflectors or absorbers of sound.
Lesson 8: Heat
Students will participate in a molecule simulation as they use movement to show how heat is transferred through conduction, convection, and radiation. Then, they will conduct an experiment to heat ice using those three methods.
The Magnet and Electricity Centers can be used as exploratory centers or as a class lesson as students rotate to different stations. The end of unit assessment contains 24 multiple choice and 1 open response question. All answer keys are included.
~ Created by Kara Kruchinski