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Energizing Everything

Energy, Motion, & Electricity

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

NGSS Standards covered: 4-PS3-4 , 4-PS3-3 , 3-5-ETS1-1 , 3-5-ETS1-2 , 4-PS3-2 , 4-ESS3-1 , 3-5-ETS1-3 , 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
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This 3-dimensional summative assessment includes a variety of visual cues and question prompts (multiple-choice, true/false, short answer). It should take 30-40 minutes for a student to complete.

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For your reference, these are all the assessments included at the end of each Mystery from this unit:

Mystery 1: Speed & Energy

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Mystery 2: Collisions & Energy Transfer

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Mystery 3: Energy Transfer & Engineering

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Mystery 4: Energy Transfer & Engineering

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Mystery 5: Energy Transfer & Engineering

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Mystery 6: Electrical Energy

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Mystery 7: Heat Energy & Energy Transfer

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Mystery 8: Renewable Energy & Natural Resources

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