Potential and Kinetic Energy Asynchronous Distance Learning Pack

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8th - 10th
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This product includes four asynchronous lessons that will help reinforce student learning about potential and kinetic energy. They are perfect for assigning in google classroom and are designed to be done independently by students.

Included in this pack are the following lesson activities:

  • Kinetic and Potential Energy in Random Sports---A fun lesson that has students watching and analyzing videos showing the gym wheel, the science of golf, Olympic high diving, and race walking. Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • A Rube Goldberg Introduction--- Students will explore the concept of a Rube Goldberg with a simple machines review and will watch the popular Okay Go music video "This too Shall Pass". Then, they will explore YouTube to find their favorite Rube Goldberg video and answer questions based on their choice. Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • Video Guide Bicycle Powered House---Featuring a video from PBS's "It's Okay to be Smart", students will explore the idea of energy transfer and will answer the question, "Why can't I power my home using a bicycle powered generator?" Estimated Time: 20 minutes
  • Conservation of Energy Math and Exploration---Students will calculate potential and kinetic energy step by step. Then, they will explore the Phet skate park simulation to reinforce the concepts. Estimated Time: 1 hour

Over two hours of asynchronous content that can be assigned in any order and will engage your students!

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Create a computational model to calculate the change in the energy of one component in a system when the change in energy of the other component(s) and energy flows in and out of the system are known. Emphasis is on explaining the meaning of mathematical expressions used in the model. Assessment is limited to basic algebraic expressions or computations; to systems of two or three components; and to thermal energy, kinetic energy, and/or the energies in gravitational, magnetic, or electric fields.
Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object. Examples of empirical evidence used in arguments could include an inventory or other representation of the energy before and after the transfer in the form of temperature changes or motion of object. Assessment does not include calculations of energy.
Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object. Emphasis is on descriptive relationships between kinetic energy and mass separately from kinetic energy and speed. Examples could include riding a bicycle at different speeds, rolling different sizes of rocks downhill, and getting hit by a wiffle ball versus a tennis ball.
Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy. Emphasis is on both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of devices. Examples of devices could include Rube Goldberg devices, wind turbines, solar cells, solar ovens, and generators. Examples of constraints could include use of renewable energy forms and efficiency. Assessment for quantitative evaluations is limited to total output for a given input. Assessment is limited to devices constructed with materials provided to students.


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