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Fifth graders identify situations in which kinetic and potential energy are exchanged and identify the direction of energy transfer using marbles and flexible foam track. They observe how the marbles move spontaneously when released from a height and that they will not move if set on a flat surface.
Learners explore the active layer above permafrost and investigate various factors on the insulation value of the active layer.  In this energy transfer lesson, students conduct and experiment to determine the effects of snow cover, vegetation, and/or soil moisture on the insulation value of permafrost. 
Fifth graders study thermal energy and conduction. In this thermal energy lesson, 5th graders participate in a series of investigations to study thermal energy transfer and conduction. Students complete a data worksheet for the experiments and draw a diagram for each example from the investigation. Students write a journal entry about conduction.
In this metabolism worksheet, students recall and define laws of energy transfer. Students make predictions based on Gibb's Law. Students illustrate exergonic and endergonic reactions.
Three, two, one, blast off to a better understanding of force and motion with this exciting science activity! Beginning with a discussion about rockets and gravity, young scientists go on to complete a series of worksheets about net forces before designing and testing their own paper rockets.
Instructions for series of six activites, a reading of scientific literature, and a choice of six assessments await you in this physics resource. Well-written plans guide you in guiding your pupils to experiment with levers, pulleys, rolling marbles, springs, and more. They will learn that energy is conserved, transferred into other forms, and how to put it to use in practical terms. Mathematical equations are employed in each activity, making these lessons most appropriate for high school physics.
Sal's series on the Law of Thermodynamics continues with this video on how heat and work are added to, or taken away from, a system. As a result of the heat and work energy, the system that is being worked on will transform into another form of energy.
Students study the factors affecting permafrost temperature and condition. In this physical science lesson, students observe local places with snow cover and collect temperature data. They create a short video about permafrost.
In this electrical worksheet, students draw a schematic design and build a circuit board to grasp the understanding of power conversion circuits before answering a series of 30 open-ended questions including analyzing schematics. This worksheet is printable and there are on-line answers to the questions.
For 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.
Students investigate the properties of heated air. They make predictions about what they think makes the wind blow on a worksheet, and conduct two experiments to demonstrate the properties of heated air. Students heat a bottle until a balloon inflates, and watch a spiral design above a heat source spin.
Young scholars explain the role of convection currents in the movement of air. In this earth science lesson, students investigate convection by observing a boiling water in the lab. They describe how fluids move when they experience convection.
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.
Young oceanographers study the Submarine Ring of Fire, which is a series of deep-water volcanic vents that come up from the ocean floor. Learners take a close look at the unique ecosystems that are associated with these areas, how these volcanoes are formed, and the effects they have on the ocean life around them. This incredibly thorough plan has many terrific websites that kids access to further their learning about the Submarine Ring of Fire.
Fifth graders explore the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy.  For this energy lesson, 5th graders examine objects and describe  potential and kinetic energy of the objects. Students complete two worksheets.
Students engage in an activity which demonstrates how potential energy (PE) can be converted to kinetic energy (KE) and back again. Given a pendulum height, students calculate and predict how fast the pendulum will swing by understanding conservation of energy and using the equations for PE and KE. Excellent worksheets which accompany the experiment are imbedded in this plan.
In this temperature worksheet, students answer 8 questions about temperature and thermal energy. For example, "What term refers to an energy transfer that causes a change in temperature?"
Students explain the role of active layers in permafrost. In this earth science lesson, students design and conduct an experiment on heat conduction. They collect data and discuss results.
For this calorimetry and enthalpy worksheet, students use simple calorimetry to measure the change in temperature of water heated by burning alcohol. They determine the energy transferred to the water and find the enthalpy of combustion.
Students examine how simple machines work.  In this catapult lesson students complete several worksheets and build a catapult while working in groups.