How does a paper model of a jumping frog demonstrate the conversion of elastic potential energy to kinetic energy to gravitational potential energy? Students will use a 3x5 index card to make an origami frog. The jumping paper frog will be used to illustrate three different forms of energy and the conversions that occur between these forms as the frog leaps into the air and falls back to the ground.
Students will use the origami frog to explore kinetic and potential energy, determine the type of energy present at each stage of a frog's jump and write an investigative question that could be used in an experiment that will increase the potential energy in the frog so that it will jump farther.
This file includes a three page student packet with origami frog instructions and an answer key.