Chemical Energy Teacher Resources
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Seventh graders explore about energy transformations and trace them in a simple closed system. They build energy "chains" of their own design. Pupils complete a hands-on project where they attach the "links" in a "chain" connecting a battery (chemical energy), wires (electrical energy), and a small motor (mechanical energy), and then add additional "links" of their choices. Students complete a flowchart tracing the energy transformations in the finished project.
Fifth graders discuss the meaning of energy as the ability to do work, and talk about whether electrical and chemical energy can be stored. They set up complete circuits with lemons, wire, and calculators to show how energy is made and transferred.
Third graders investigate different energy conversions through hands-on activities. In this energy lesson, 3rd graders move through four stations and conduct experiments illustrating energy conversions. Wave energy, chemical energy, electric energy, and converting potential energy into kinetic energy are included.
In this science learning exercise, students read about enzymes and nutrition. Students also answer 2 comprehension questions about the reading.
In this science worksheet, students fill in the blank for 15 sentences about chemical energy. For example, "Chemical bonds hold_."
New Review Nuts! Calculating Thermal Efficiency
Oh nuts! Do macadamias or almonds produce more thermal energy? Energy enthusiasts find out with this experiment. The objective is to demonstrate to your class how the chemical energy contained in foods can be converted into useable energy, a pertinent exercise when studying thermal energy with your physical science or STEM class.
In this chemical reactions worksheet, students read about different types of chemical reactions, potential and chemical energy. They answer three questions about their reading.
Students show the relationship between the need for plants to undergo photosynthesis in order to generate oxygen. They see the flaws associated with this thinking because of the lack of CO2 and H2O and lack of sufficient gravity in order to maintain an atmosphere.
Students investigate chemical energy. In this physical science instructional activity, students blow on saltine crackers to demonstrate how chemical energy in food can be converted to motion. Students compare the saltine cracker experiment to how windmills work.
Students experiment with electricity by changing it into chemical energy. For this experimental lesson students use a science experiment to change energy from electricity to chemical energy then back again.
Fifth graders investigate how chemical energy in food and batteries is potential or stored energy. They discuss how batteries function, and create a class list of different forms of energy. Students then create a lemon battery that powers a calculator or clock with digital display, and complete a "Trace It To the Sun" worksheet.
New Review Investigation: Electrolysis
Following a detailed procedure, technicians construct a fuel cell and use it to generate electricity. This terrific challenge can be administered to a physics class, a STEM class, or a group that is studying alternative fuel technology.
Get out those lemons, it's time to turn chemical energy into electrical energy! Kids make lemon cells that stack up on one another to change lemons and other conductive materials into a source of energy, strong enough to light up some LEDs. The experiment is good and includes notes for the teacher and adaptive ways to describe the process to younger young scholars.
Students articulate the difference between the terms heat and temperature. They calculate the amount of energy associated with a given temperature rise and design an experiment to measure the energy of a fuel.
Physical science scholars discover an array of heat sources. They experiment to connect radiation to heat. They begin to understand thermal equilibrium. Then, they test to see if mass affects the rate of temperature change. Choose a few, or use all of the eight effective activities to provide practice using thermometers and hands-on learning about the nature of thermal energy.
Wow! Colorful and simple, these 160 slides introduce the various forms of energy, along with a relevant image. Some of the images are animations, which help beginning physical scientists to visualize the flow of electrons or energy! This PowerPoint would be great to bring energy concepts to your class, including transformation of energy, energy transfer, and the law of conservation of energy. Use some or all of the slides to your liking!
In this batteries worksheet, students read about how batteries work and the types of batteries. They answer three critical thinking questions about batteries and their use as alternate-fuel sources.
Students investigate forms of energy. In this physical science energy lesson, students work with a partner classifying household items according to the type of energy they have. Students complete a related worksheet.
Using a suggested web site, 5th graders work together to find pictures depicting each of the three types of energy. They need to explain how each of their pictures represents a form of energy. A sorting mat file, Venn Diagram, and website are all included.
Students explore plant adaptations to their surroundings. In this plant adaptations lesson, students watch an interactive video of plant adaptations as well as videos about a desert biome and carnivorous plants. Students complete a plant adaptation experiment using corn seeds. Students complete a worksheet about 'Living Life as a Plant.'