Potential Energy Teacher Resources
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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
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 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 172 Views 128 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 70 Views 50 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 41 Views 25 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 115 Views 184 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 91 Views 426 Downloads
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
Learners 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 9 Views 34 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 13 Views 44 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 7 Views 7 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
Twisting and turning through the sky, roller coasters are popular attractions at amusement parks around the world, but how exactly do they work? Explore the physics behind these thrilling rides with an engineering design activity. Starting with a discussion of potential and kinetic energy and the law of conservation of energy, young engineers apply these concepts as they work in groups creating roller coasters using flexible plastic tubing and marbles.
3rd - 7th Science 29 Views 29 Downloads
Design Your Own Rollercoaster
Here is a physics lesson plan 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 20 Views 67 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
Science of the Winter Olympic Games: Physics of Slope-Style Skiing
Many mechanical phenomena are explained by a physics professor using Nick Goepper, a Winter Olympics 2014 slope-style skier, as the model. Beginning with kinetic and potential energy, the professor goes on to explain angular momentum and moment of inertia.
5 mins 6th - 12th Science 21 Views 19 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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
Energy and Energy Conversion
Third graders investigate different energy conversions through hands-on activities. In this energy lesson, 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