Energy Transformation Teacher Resources
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Once your physical science stars have a grasp of the different forms of energy, use this resource to get them putting the energy to work. Small groups choose from seven different project options and work together to build an energy transforming project. Links to a website give them the instructions to make an electromagnet, a rheostat, a lemon-powered battery, a rocket boat, a turbine, a solar cooker, or an air-propelled toy. Think of it as an invention convention!
Simple Thermodynamics of Transportation
Students watch videos about various modes of transportation, they examine the energy transformations that occur in each, and they be introduced to the laws of thermodynamics.
Changing Forms of Energy
Eighth graders discuss how energy transforms from one form to another. In this physics lesson, 8th graders explore different lab station set up and explain how each materials convert energy. They list common objects that use energy to operate.
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.
In this energy transformations worksheet, students fill in the objects to a chart for which one would fit each energy transformation, and fill in the blanks to a chart about which energy transfer fits each object. Students complete 6 problems total.
In this energy transformation worksheet, students earn extra credit by choosing a energy transforming toy or ride at an amusement park and analyzing the energy transformation involved in its movement. Students draw a diagram to illustrate their explanation.
In this energy worksheet, students write a paragraph about the order of energy transformation by putting the chain words into the correct order. Students write 1 paragraph.
Ninth graders trace the energy flow and transformations from the source to a television set in his/her home. The instructional strategies include options for students to trace the energy transformations in an energy bike, a student-constructed circuit and/or holiday tree lights.
Ninth graders examine the way that energy transforms devices in our homes. In this energy tracer lesson students work in groups and create a display and oral presentation.
Seventh graders study energy transformations and trace a simple closed system. In this energy chains lesson students build energy chains and complete a project.
Students experiment with variety of materials to investigate, develop inferences, and differentiate between concepts of motion energy and heat energy, and the part played by friction in the transformation process.
Energy Transformation Worksheet
Upper elementary or middle school scientists determine what types of energy are involved in six different pictures. Then they produce examples of three different energy transformations. This activity has colorful graphics and is neatly organized. Assign it when teaching types of energy and energy transfer.
Energy At Play
If you can find Tinker Toys™, then this may be a fun assignment for your physical science class. Using the construction set and a few other toys, they examine the forces involved when it they are being played with. For each, they determine how potential energy is stored, when kinetic energy is in action, and how energy is transferred. The instructional activity is long and materials heavy, but if you prepare a kit with the materials, you can use it over and over again to help you teach energy.
The Transfer of Energy 3: Rust and Corrosion
Students research the type of chemical reaction that occurs when metal rusts. They conduct an experiment looking at the rate of corrosion in steel wool. This is lesson three in a three lesson unit on the transfer of energy.
The Transfer of Energy 1: Thermochemistry
Budding chemists achieve a basic understanding of the role of heat in chemical reactions. An online worksheet gives learners instructions and questions to answer as they investigate the Chem4Kids website and perform a hands-on lab inquiry. Using calcium chloride and ammonium nitrate, both in water, they record the temperature every five minutes over a 30-minute span. You will appreciate the support you receive from this hot item!
Energy in Today's Global Society
Energy analysts assess the environmental cost of fossil fuels and compare it to various alternative energy sources. They role play a community scenario where they develop a plan to provide energy for a certain region. They present an argument convincing the Town Hall that their method is the most effective.
Pinniped Beach Resort
Tenth graders design an experiment to investigate what happened to the temperature in the cans. In this earth science lesson, 10th graders explore how energy is transferred from one place to another. They collect data from the experiment and construct a line graph.
Energy and Control
Seventh graders construct a lunch box that maintains functional temperature zones and does not allow heat transfer between the zones. They examine the transfer of heat, the capacity of certain materials to hold heat, and how the properties of heat can be applied to natural and human-made environments.
Students drop water from different heights to demonstrate the conversion of water's potential energy to kinetic energy. They see how varying the height from which water is dropped affects the splash size. In seeing how falling water can be used to do work, they also learn how this energy transformation figures into the engineering design and construction of hydroelectric power plants, dams and reservoirs.
Module 8 ~ The Energy Story
Five lessons give 6th through 8th graders a survey of simple machines and energy concepts. A shuffled-letter pretest serves as an anticpatory set. Then explorers perform several activities for demonstrating forces, the use of simple machines, and energy transformations. Plenty of informational text and fill-in-the-blank questions are provided. This resource consists mainly of student handouts and answer keys rather than teacher's notes.