{Grade 5} Unit 4: Conservation of Energy and Resources

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This activity packet is aligned with the Ontario Grade 5 Science curriculum. This packet addresses the following overall expectations:

- Analyze the immediate and long-term effects of energy and resource use on society and the environment, and evaluate options for conserving energy and resources.

- Investigate energy transformation and conservation;

- Demonstrate an understanding of the various forms and sources of energy and the ways in which energy can be transformed and conserved;

This packet also addresses the following big ideas:

- Energy sources are either renewable or non-renewable;

- Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but it can be transformed;

- Choices about using energy and resources have both immediate and long-term impacts;

- Conservation is one way of reducing the impacts of using energy and resources.

This packet introduces students to the various types of energy as well as how energy can be transformed or stored. Students are exposed to everyday examples of the various types of energy, and where they can see energy transformations in their daily lives.

Students are also asked to explore an issue related to the use of energy and energy conservation. Students can complete this activity independently or with a partner. A whole-class discussion about the issue is encouraged, and will take multiple science periods to get through the presentations.

What is included in this packet?

This packet includes 12 lessons, 20 activity worksheets and 9 readings that help to meet the above curriculum expectations. There are also 6 interactive notebook activities that could be used instead of some of the activity worksheets. The lessons are:

Lesson 4.1 – Introducing the Unit

Lesson 4.2 – Types of Energy

Lesson 4.3 – Renewable and Non-renewable Energy (3 periods)

Lesson 4.4 – Renewable and Non-renewable Energy

Lesson 4.5 – Storing and Transforming Energy

Lesson 4.6 – Transforming Energy

Lesson 4.7 – Lost Energy

Lesson 4.8 – Reviewing Energy

Lesson 4.9 – Creating Devices / Building Circuits (4 - 5 periods)

Lesson 4.10 – Conservation

Lesson 4.11 - Energy Issues (7 periods for research, presentations & discussions)

Lesson 4.12 - My Energy Promise

What ASSESSMENTS are included?

Great question! There are 4 assignments included in this packet that have students demonstrate their understanding of the above curriculum expectations. There are 4 rubrics to assess student understanding of the concepts addressed in this unit. Please note that there are a few answer keys provided in this packet, as many activities involve an open answer and it is up to you to determine whether students have appropriately demonstrated their knowledge.

If you wish for students to build a pre-made device, you can buy circuits that include all materials, but turn chemical energy into light, sound or heat energy. There is an assignment for this task, with a rubric where students identify the energy that is being transformed, and the energy that is lost.

Questions? Concerns?

I am here to help! If you have any questions about this unit, or any of my units, please leave me a question under the Q&A tab below. Or, you can email me at teachingthroughthelookingglass@gmail.com.

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