What is Energy? Where does it come from? (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Debbie Abel
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
potential energy
kinetic energy
chemical
nuclear
elastic
gravitational
electric
light
heat
sound
motion
energy sources
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will obtain basic background information on energy. Students will use their background knowledge to determine what different examples of energy are.

Students will be introduced to the scientific meaning of energy and complete a lesson on forms of energy vs. sources of energy.  They will learn that most of the energy they use comes from fossil fuels.  (Petroleum 35%, Natural Gas 27%, Coal 18%=82%)

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Collecting and Reporting Data, Making Recommendations - Passive Solar Water Heating (Lesson 9)

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Author:
Eric Gronseth
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
solar energy generation
renewable and nonrenewable energy
electricity
light
energy transformation
photovoltaic
analysis
recommendations
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will identify variables related to the sun heating water such as time of exposure, air temperature, and color of container. Student groups will design and build solar water heater containers using five-gallon water jugs. Students will design containers using color, cover material, and surround as variables. Students will predict which container and location will collect the most heat from the sun.

Students will explore ways that the sun can be used to heat water and the variables involved in the efficiency of using the sun to heat water for use in homes or businesses. They will determine this through

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Setting Up the Experiment - Solar Water Heating (Lesson 8)

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Author:
Eric Gronseth
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
solar energy generation
renewable and nonrenewable energy
electricity
light
energy transformation
photovoltaic
Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will use their previous learning about observation and solar power to set up an experiment to determine the amount of heat that can be collected in water containers from the sun. Students will determine three variables that affect the jug’s absorption and trapping of energy from the sun. Students will take data measurements from these set ups in order to make evidence-based conclusions from the experiment.

Students will set up the experiment that they will use to determine the amount of energy from the sun that can be used to heat water and the variables that can help the exchange of heat most effectively. They

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Observing and Keeping Records (Lesson 7)

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Author:
Eric Gronseth
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
solar energy generation
renewable and nonrenewable energy
electricity
light
energy transformation
photovoltaic
observations
conclusions
Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will review scientific observations methods learned earlier and the application of those methods for the solar energy unit. Students will practice observations and data recording. Students will explain the importance of selecting useful variables from which they can collect data. Students will be prepared to implement an experiment in the classroom that they can draw conclusions from.

Students will review basic scientific observation methods and the importance of keeping and reporting accurate observations. Teacher will discuss with students the different types of variables that they can

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Solar Energy Basics (Lesson 5)

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Author:
Eric Gronseth
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy
solar energy generation
renewable and nonrenewable energy
electricity
light
energy transformation
photovoltaic
Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to describe the basic principles of solar power and list advantages and disadvantages of using solar power. Students will be able to distinguish between passive solar and photovoltaic solar power. Students will be able to determine what data from a solar array represents. Students will be able to determine the cause of energy generation trends when observed over longer periods of time.

Students will learn the basics of solar power and the difference between photovoltaic solar power and passive solar power. They will also learn the pros and cons of solar power and be able to describe the

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Variables Affecting Wind Turbine Power (Lesson 5)

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Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
energy generation
wind turbine
voltage
current
Power
investigation
generator
variables
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours
Learning Goal(s):

• Students will be able to identify and explain at least three variables that affect the efficiency of wind turbines
• Students will conduct a scientific investigation to determine which wind turbine configuration will generate the most power

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
6-8.RST.3

Now that students are familiar with how mechanical electricity generation works, they will build a wind turbine powered by a box fan. Different teams will test different turbine variables to see how the

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Introduction to Circuits (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
series circuit
parallel circuit
load
anode
cathode
electrons
electrical energy
Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Learning Goal(s):

By the end of these two lessons students should be able to:
1. Create a simple circuit on their own when given the appropriate materials.
2. Diagram the flow of electrons within a circuit.
3. Differentiate between series and parallel circuits.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
6-8.RST.4

This lesson begins with students having hands-on experiences creating electrical circuits using a battery, wires, and a light bulb. Students will learn that electricity is the flow of electrons, and how

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Introduction to Energy (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
electrical
chemical
nuclear
mechanical
magnetic
sound
kinetic
potential
motion
gravity
wavelengths of light
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):

• Students will be able to name and describe at least 5 kinds of energy
• Students will be able to identify and explain simple energy transformations

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
6-8.RST.4

This lesson will introduce students to each of the different types of energy using PowerPoint slides, partner activities, and hands-on experiences with different kinds of energy including: batteries (chemical

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Collect Data...Then Compare and Contrast (Lesson 4)

Solar Car Race
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Author:
Carol Patrick
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
investigation
fair tests
Laws of Motion
forces
Energy
energy transformation
variables
mass
Engineering
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

Students will:

  • Compare and contrast forces acting on the system by examining the results of the solar car races.
  • Explain the mechanics of gear ratios and demonstrate the most useful ratio to use when constructing solar cars.
  • Explain the benefits of employing a pulley-system in their car construction. Students will understand the importance of selecting measurable, specific variables to compare in their data collection process in order to make evidence-based claims.

Students will race different iterations of solar cars: geared and pulley-system cars using varying gear ratios. Students will have the opportunity to make predictions, record data, and explain the results

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Build Solar Cars (Lesson 3)

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Unit:
Author:
Carol Patrick
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
investigation
fair tests
Laws of Motion
forces
Energy
energy transformation
variables
mass
Engineering
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will construct a geared solar car, a pulley-system solar car, or both. Students will make verbal predictions about the outcomes and viabilities of different types of solar cars. Students will pinpoint the independent, dependent, and control variables in their solar car testing process.

Students will build their solar vehicles. There are many options for them to do this, depending on the specific variables hoping to be tested following the construction and material-selection process.

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