Energy Transformation Teacher Resources
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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 activity, students write a paragraph about the order of energy transformation by putting the chain words into the correct order. Students write 1 paragraph.
Eighth graders discuss how energy transforms from one form to another. For 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.
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!
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.
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 learning exercise has colorful graphics and is neatly organized. Assign it when teaching types of energy and energy transfer.
Tenth graders design an experiment to investigate what happened to the temperature in the cans. In this earth science instructional activity, 10th graders explore how energy is transferred from one place to another. They collect data from the experiment and construct a line graph.
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.
Consider our energy sources: wood, coal, oil, uranium. Learners compare the pollution to energy produced for each. They practice fractional distillation of an alcohol/water mixture to simulate the process of refining crude oil. Thought-provoking questions are assigned as a follow-up to the laboratory exercise. This is an outstanding resource to add to your physical or earth science repertoire.
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!
Learners 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.
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.
Seventh graders study energy transformations and trace a simple closed system. In this energy chains lesson students build energy chains and complete a project.
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.
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.
After viewing images of energy resources used for generating electricity, the class discusses the process of transformation. In pairs, they work on describing what they see in a diagram of a power plant and in graphing its energy data.
Terrific toys turn into a demonstration of the transfer of energy. Potential energy becomes kinetic energy as the wind-up toy walks, a popper flies into the air, and a balloon whizzes when the air inside is expelled. The concept of energy transformation is also noted (potential energy turning into sound energy), but not really explained. Have your start-up scientists watch this as an anticipatory set, or at home. Then they can come to class ready to discuss the concepts more in depth.
Energize your physical scientists with this little video on potential and kinetic energy, transformation of energy, and the generating of electricity. Bill Nye walks viewers through the process of burning coal to create steam, turn a generator, and produce electricity. It really only provides a brief overview, but can be an engaging way to introduce an energy unit to your class.
First of three lessons, this is a great start to a unit on energy. As you demonstrate, learners discover different types of energy and how it is converted from one form to another. They then focus in on the generation of electricity by hydropower, build a turbine, and use the turbine to lift a washer. Use some of the additional resources as reading for homework to strengthen learners' scientific literacy.