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Learners use a two-liter bottle, dowel rod and index cards to design and construct a water wheel. They then calculate the power created and measure the work done by the water wheel in Watts and Joules.
In this second of three lessons on power plants, future engineers find out how we generate electricity and how coal-powered plants operate. They work in small groups to make electromagnet generators to light LED bulbs. A set of PowerPoint slides supports the pre-activity and post-activity discussions.
Double, double toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble! Find out what drives a turbine to generate electricity and whether or not it has an impact on the environment. A discussion and lecture is divided by a hands-on activity in which teams turn pinwheels with wind (their own breath) and steam. Presentation slides are included to help explain concepts. This lesson is third in a series of three on how power plants work, but it could easily stand alone.
Students experience work and power and observe the process of entropy. In this physics instructional activity, students conduct an experiment that shows work (force & distance), power (work/time), and exemplifies the process of entropy.
Students investigate work and power. For this energy lesson, students use the scientific method process to explore how much work and power it takes for a person to climb a stair case.
Here is a most-impressive resource on implied powers that were established under the Marshall Court. Learners examine the court's interpretation of Article 1 in McCullough vs. Maryland. They also analyze the Constitution in order to see the differences between enumerated and implied powers. There is an excellent worksheet that leads pupils through a writing exercise on these topics embedded in the plan. This is one of the better lessons on law and the courts I have ever seen.
What makes a clock tick or a bulb light up? The concept of work is explained to a backdrop of clever animation. Physics fans learn that the amount of work equals the product of the force and distance, and that the rate equals the amount of energy transferred over time. Sample equations are solved to determine Joules per second required for both the clock and the bulb. This makes a strong introduction to the concept of work. Follow it up by working some practice problems with your class.
One-third to one-half of the population are introverts, yet they are increasingly subjected to a culture where being social and outgoing are prized. And as author Susan Cain argues in this video, "When it comes to creativity and leadership, we need introverts doing what they do best." Support your learners who thrive on solitude and greater autonomy, and encourage them to generate ideas free from distortions of group dynamics. Cain eloquently emphasizes that as much as we emphasize group work and collaboration, it is just as important to instruct learners how to work on their own.
While learning to code is fairly interesting academic pursuit in it's own right, it also has other learning benefits. For one, coders learn to how to learn. They are continually exploring, testing, and drawing conclusions about how certain things work. The documentation that describes specific aspects of programming languages is a valuable resource for programmers. This video gives an example of how using the accompanying documentation can enable coders to learn independently. 
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 power and auroras worksheet, students read about the relationship between power, work and energy and how the power of auroras are measured by the light they produce. Students use a data chart of the Great Aurora of 2003 to answer 4 questions about the power produced in the Northern and Southern hemisphere at specific times.
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 students' scientific literacy.
Young scholars differentiate potential and kinetic energy. In this physics lesson, students investigate how work is done by simple machines. They calculate ideal and actual mechanical advantages.
Students investigate a waterwheel and the physical properties of energy.  In this waterwheel instructional activity students create a model waterwheel and calculate the amount of power produced. 
Young scholars experiment to show work and power while observing that entropy is a process that occurs when work occurs. They determine that entropy is equal to the disorder in a system and always increases when work is done.
Learners take on the role of members of a concerned citizens group and discuss the transportation of spent-fuel rods from a local nuclear power plant and the safety issues that surround the power plant. Students work in groups to write a research paper and create a PowerPoint presentation addressing the safety issues surrounding the power plant.
For this power worksheet, learners use the equations of power and work to complete 4 word problems. Students use the standard units of watts and joules.
In this forces worksheet, students review the equations for work, power, and efficiency and then use these equations to solve 9 word problems.
Students review the results of the November 2006 mid-term election. Using their text, they read the history of the balance of power and examine recent news articles. They present their findings to the class and may even hold a debate.
Use the accompanying presentation and colorful technology sheets to introduce your class to the 10 different energy technologies. Connect kids to an interactive computer tool that allows them to combine different types of power generation and find out how it will affect emissions and costs. A great way to address Next Generation Science Standards HS-ETS1-1 and HS-ETS1-4.

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