Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Kinetic Energy, and supports students’ understanding that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.  

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display a picture of a bow and arrow: Ask:

  • What happens to the arrow when the bow is released?
  • How does energy make the arrow move?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Sports,” “The Final Frontier,” or “In Practice.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a movie that describes an example of how humans take advantage of energy transfer, such as transforming kinetic energy into electricity.

  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying examples of ways we use kinetic energy in the real world.

  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game in which players sort different examples of energy in everyday objects as either kinetic energy or potential energy.

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

  • Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about kinetic energy. Prompt them by asking questions such as:
    • What factors impact an object’s kinetic energy?
    • How can you change an object’s kinetic energy?

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

Continue exploring energy with more topics in BrainPOP’s Energy Unit

Energize learning with BrainPOP’s Energy Skate Park Game.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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