Your students will learn about the basic forms of energy; mechanical, potential, and kinetic energy; sound, heat, light, electrical, and chemical energy; and how energy changes forms. This is a complete unit for teaching about energy, including a 6-page informational text. The unit includes teaching notes with 8 lesson plans, pieces for the lapbook, a unit test, and a 30-slide PowerPoint! The unit includes 2 hands-on explorations with data sheets.
This Forms of Energy Unit
includes a 6-page informational text about the basic forms of energy; mechanical, potential, and kinetic energy; sound, heat, light, electrical, and chemical energy; and how energy changes forms, and more. This is a great way to practice close reading in the content areas. The informational text can supplement or replace your science textbook.
As your students read and learn about the basic forms of energy, the lapbook gives your students a way to show and practice what they have learned. They can complete 8 different pieces to make a lapbook about what they've learned about energy. These pieces are great for formative assessment as you work through the unit.
The unit includes suggested teaching notes with lesson plans and objectives to use as you go through the unit and the PowerPoint. Of course, you are always free to put your own spin on the unit! The PowerPoint doesn't have anything fancy to distract from the content. It just has great pictures that go along with the content in the text.
This unit contains two different hands-on explorations for your students to discover how potential energy changes to mechanical energy. Both of the explorations use common materials you probably already have in your classroom. Each exploration comes with a Data Sheet for students to record and analyze their results. I call them "explorations" because only one activity is a true experiment using variables.
The informational text is perfect for meeting your Common Core Reading Standards!! I wrote this Forms of Energy Unit
because I couldn't find anything appropriate for my third-graders! I wanted something that incorporated information that wasn't too simple. I wanted to be able to meet the new demands of the Common Core for informational text. This text will provide your students with a rigorous text, but it's written in a way that will allow your third, fourth, and fifth grade students to be successful in reading and comprehending the information.
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