Potential Energy Teacher Resources
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Roller Coaster! Measuring Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy, and Lost Energy
While building rollercoaster tracks for marbles is definitely age-appropriate for middle schoolers, the calculations on the lab sheets for this lesson plan are above most of them. Physics fledglings measure the potential energy at the beginning of a track, the kinetic energy at its end, and the amount lost to friction along the way.
6th - 12th Science 168 Views 125 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Investigation: Kinetic and Potential Energy
A well-developed lab sheet guides physical science learners through an investigation of kinetic and potential energy. In small groups, collaborators discover whether or not the ramp height or mass of an object has an effect on the energy. All steps of the scientific method are included on the handout, and as an added bonus, find a 10-page reading on the forms of energy and transformations.
5th - 8th Science 67 Views 49 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Investigation: Conservation of Energy
By rolling marbles down a six-foot length of track, physical scientists determine how much energy is lost to heat. It is recommended that you opt for the foam pipe insulation track because more friction slows the marble, allowing learners more time to measure, and the tracks can then be rolled up for more than one space option when storing for future use.
5th - 8th Science 37 Views 23 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Work and Energy: Forms and Changes
Your introductory physical science class will be energized by this PowerPoint. They will be able to define energy, work, and power. They will be able to perform calculations for kinetic and potential energy. They will be able to describe the various simple machines and forms of energy.
7th - 12th Science 84 Views 420 Downloads
You will need to prepare either a class set or a single demonstration catapult in order to teach this powerful lesson on kinetic and potential energy. Activity sheets are provided to walk learners through the construction of a catapult. If you choose to teach via demonstration, you can jump straight to Activity Sheet 3, on which is a data table for recording distances.
4th - 9th Science 39 Views 98 Downloads
New Review Calibrating Thermometers
Engage young scientists in the upper-elementary and middle school grades with this collection of simple experiments. Whether you're teaching about heat transfer, density, or potential energy this resource has a lab for you.
4th - 8th Science 7 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Rubber Band Racers
After reading a brief overview of automobile history and introduction to energy and motion, automotive engineering teams plan, construct, test, and evaluate a rubber-band-powered car. This manipulative experience can enrich understanding of kinetic and potential energy, so consider using the lesson in a physical science class or, as intended, an engineering class.
3rd - 12th Math 100 Views 171 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 17 Views 36 Downloads
A Hilly Ride
Different types of energy are the focus of this science resource. Learners identify situations in which kinetic and potential energy are exchanged. They conduct an in-class inquiry which leads them to discover that there is a limit to the amount of kinetic energy gained in any energy transfer.
5th Science 8 Views 33 Downloads
Medieval EnergyMedieval Evergy
What a creative way to introduce the Law of Conservation of Energy! Learners create a medieval weapon called a trebuchet in order to explore the concept of kinetic energy and potential energy. There are worksheets, resource links, and other materials that make this lesson a wonderful way to explore this topic.
6th Science 12 Views 43 Downloads
All Work and No Play Lab
Don't let the term, "slotted wood board" detract you from the value of this experiment. Class members tie a string to a cart and, with even horizontal force, drag it up an inclined plane. The objective is to compare the work done with the change in potential energy.
9th - 12th Science 6 Views 6 Downloads
Video 10 - Potential Energy
The final video in a 10-part series, a resource models and explains potential energy using animated cartoons. Two characters, most likely meant to represet David and Goliath, demonstrate potential energy. A relatively straightforward explanation that will be clear to most learners.
5 mins 7th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Design Your Own Rollercoaster
Here is a physics lesson that your 5th graders should love. They explore the physics behind roller coasters by viewing roller coaster simulations online. Then, they work in pairs in order to design their own roller coasters and track. Some very impressive worksheets are embedded in the plan which they utilize in order to complete their designs.
5th Science 17 Views 66 Downloads
How is Flowing Water an Energy Source? Activity A
Here is a fun little exploration of the potential energy potential of falling water. Learners drop water from various heights using a straw, and they analyze the diameter of the splash. Pair this with two more activities of the same title as part of a unit on hydropower or energy.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Study Jams! Energy & Matter
After Sam knocks a glass off the lunchroom table, he uses it as a springboard for explaining kinetic and potential energy. He mentions that sound is a type of kinetic energy and introduces the different forms of energy: thermal, chemical, radiant, electrical, and mechanical.
4th - 8th Science 15 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Energy and Energy Conversion
Third graders investigate different energy conversions through hands-on activities. In this energy instructional activity, 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.
3rd Science 14 Views 47 Downloads
Watch your class reach its potential (energy) with this activity. In groups of three, elementary school scientists place a golf ball on a ramp: 5cm from the bottom, then 10 cm, and then 15 cm. They let it roll and measure the distance beyond the ramp where it came to rest.
3rd - 5th Science 3 Views 13 Downloads
Students discover the effect of height and weight on potential energy. In this potential energy lesson, students engage in several mini-experiments where they explore this relationship. Each activity has various ways to identify the two factors that effect potential energy.
5th - 12th Science 11 Views 51 Downloads