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Energizing Everything

Energy, Motion, & Electricity

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

NGSS Standards covered: 4-PS3-4 , 4-PS3-3 , 4-PS3-2 , 4-ESS3-1 , 4-PS3-1
This introductory energy unit will encourage students to think about the energy that things need to move. Students will explore how energy makes things go, from powering vehicles to moving one’s body. Students will experiment with rubber bands to discover the relationship between how much energy is stored in a material and how much is released. They will investigate the role that hills play in making roller coasters move and the energy transfer that happens when two objects collide. Students will realize that thinking about the world in terms of energy helps them make sense of how and why things speed up and slow down. Hands-on activities focus on engineering, testing hypotheses and using results to develop their ideas. Less
  1. Lessons
  2. Activity Prep
  3. Assessments

Mystery 1: Speed & Energy

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Twist-O-Matic Tester (40 min)
Extras (2.5 hrs)

Mystery 2: Collisions & Energy Transfer

Exploration (15 min)
Activity: Bumper Coasters (Part I) (45 min)
Extras (2.5 hrs)

Mystery 3: Energy Transfer & Engineering

Exploration (20 min)
Activity: Bumper Coasters (Part II) (1 hr)
Extras (2.5 hrs)

Mystery 4: Energy & Engineering

Exploration (30 min)
Activity: Build a Chain Reaction (Part I) (30 min)
Extras (1.8 hrs)

Mystery 5: Energy & Engineering

Exploration (30 min)
Activity: Build a Chain Reaction (Part II) (30 min)
Extras (2.3 hrs)

Mystery 6: Electrical Energy

Exploration (30 min)
Activity: Build a Flashlight (30 min)
Extras (2 hrs)

Mystery 7: Heat, Engines, & Energy Transfer

Exploration (30 min)
Activity: Heat Spinner (30 min)
Extras (1.5 hrs)

Mystery 8: Energy Resources & Environmental Impacts

Exploration (30 min)
Activity: Power this Town (30 min)
Extras (3.3 hrs)