Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Forms of Energy, and supports this standard: construct arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE 

Ask students:

  • Where do you see examples of energy in our classroom? 
  • How does energy help us live and work?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read the description on the Forms of Energy topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the four Related Reading articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: ENGAGE
Students express what they learned about forms of energy while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a video highlighting the different forms of energy used in your school community. (Essential Literacy Skill: Make logical inferences from explicit details)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying and defining the two main categories of energy. Provide an example of a potential-to-kinetic energy transfer. (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas)
  • Creative Coding: Code a learning game challenging players to sort energy-related vocabulary terms into self-selected categories. (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain-specific words and phrases)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete the Energy Skate Park simulation, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Forms of Energy Quiz.

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Energy Unit: Continue to build understanding around forms of energy with more BrainPOP topics.

Additional Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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