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Conservation of Energy
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.
5th Science 10 Views 50 Downloads
Keep it Active
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.
5th - 8th Science 3 Views 6 Downloads
Ouch! That Spoon is Hot!
Fifth graders study thermal energy and conduction. In this thermal energy instructional activity, 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.
5th Science 3 Views 23 Downloads
New Review Soda Straw Rockets
Three, two, one, blast off to a better understanding of force and motion with this exciting science instructional 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.
K - 6th Science 54 Views 38 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Qualitative Examples of Conservation of Mechanical Energy
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.
9th - Higher Ed Science 5 Views 33 Downloads
Work from Expansion
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.
13 mins 7th - 10th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Power Conversion Circuits
In this electrical instructional activity, 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.
9th - Higher Ed Science 3 Views 47 Downloads
In this energy transformations instructional activity, learners 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.
4th - 8th Science 53 Views 634 Downloads
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.
2nd - 5th Science 3 Views 16 Downloads
Students 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.
7th - 8th Science 22 Views 143 Downloads
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.
3rd - 5th Science 24 Views 41 Downloads
Living with the Heat
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.
5th - 6th Language Arts 11 Views 25 Downloads
Relationship between Potential and Kinetic Energy
Fifth graders explore the relationship between potential energy and kinetic energy. In this energy lesson, 5th graders examine objects and describe potential and kinetic energy of the objects. Students complete two worksheets.
5th Science 39 Views 202 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Math 15 Views 36 Downloads
Simple Calorimetry to Find the Enthalpy of Combustion of Alcohols
In 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.
10th - 12th Science 3 Views 8 Downloads