Concept Taught: Types of Energy
Purpose: This activity is designed to help student form a deeper understanding of the different types of energy. In this activity, I have included the following types of energy: light/solar, thermal (heat), mechanical, electrical, sound, and chemical. Students must analyze various examples of objects (or actions) and determine which types of energy are associated with that object (or action). For example, a picture of wood burning would be associated with heat, light, and chemical energy. Students might also argue that sound energy is released as the wood crackles and pops. In these activities, it is great for student to argue, justify and defend their categorizations. It is important to remember that there are many right answers and as long as students can justify and defend their classification of an object or action it is considered correct. The card sets and pictures that come with this activity can me used many, many different ways. Here are a few of my ideas: 1) Use it as an inductive reasoning type activity where you give the students the set of picture cards only, ask them to make observations, and then tell them they must group the pictures based on those observations. See more information on the inductive model (a.k.a. concept development model) here: http://tnst.randolphcollege.edu/pedagogy/teachingstrategies/conceptdevelopment.htm 2) Use as a basic card sort, giving students the labels included in this file along with the picture set. 3) Use this activity as more of a competitive card game. This is a higher level activity than the sort. Instruction and materials to play are included in this file.
A formative assessment matrix page is also included in this product. This would be a great way to give a grade after the activities has been completed or a pre-assessment before they begin.
o Lower level student can start by using the activity as a card sort while higher levels student can use the card game to begin.
o Remove the chemical energy cards for struggling students.
o Challenge high-level students analyze each example and list as many types of energy they can associate with that picture.
o High-level groups can sort the cards with out using the labels. They must determine the categories for their groups.
o Card game activity – 1 set of picture cards and 1 set of game cards (per group of 3 or 4)
o Card sort activity – 1 set of picture cards and 1 set of label cards (per group of 3 or 4)
o Assessment Matrix Page
DOK Level II: In this activity, student will classify, label, distinguish, categorize, examine, interpret, justify, defend and identify.
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Types of Energy Card Game and/or Card Sort Formative Assessment Activity
by Marianne Dobrovolny
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