Sun Jan 21, 2018 12:45 AM

Hi! I am a student teacher and was wanting to get some fun ideas on teaching the different energies in the classroom. 

Kelsey Armstrong
Kelsey Armstrong
180 Activity Points

Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:45 PM

Hi Kelsey. I am in Student Teaching 1. As part of my curriculum, I am learning how to teach Science to elementary children. Today my professor did a lesson with us on the different energies. She used a tennis ball and a small size basketball. It was so amazing. I mean her students consist of adults and we were all amazed and excited like children. The lesson was so simple but very engaging. She taught us about potential, kinetic, mechanical, and other forms of energy just using the two balls. She lined the tennis ball and basketball and dropped them from eye level. She then use the outcome to teach us about energy. I think this will be a fun and exciting lesson for elementary students.

Isabel Asker
Isabel Asker
260 Activity Points

Sun Jan 21, 2018 10:47 AM

Have you seen the Phenomenon-Based Learning Gizmos & Gadgets books from NSTA Press and the accompanying materials from Arbor Scientific? Here’s the elementary version of the book:

Chapter 8 contains fun activities all about energy. The activities are both engaging and pedagogically effective, as described in the book’s Introduction. Even before you get the books, you can download and read the introduction (and see a sample chapter) for free:

Go to the link above and scroll down. Under “Details,” you can see a link to read a sample chapter (on electricity). And if you click on that link, you get not only the sample chapter, but also the table of contents and the Introduction. The Introduction is very informative in describing how to present activities in ways that will be both fun and educational for all types of students, along with suggestions for methods of assessment.

The kits of materials designed to go with the book can be seen here:

The kits are expensive, but they give you enough materials for dozens of activities and would be a great investment for any school, even without the books. So if your school has funds for materials, definitely consider them.


James Dotson
James Dotson
100 Activity Points

Thu Jan 25, 2018 8:12 PM

I am very glad we have this forum created to share ideas on science topics

Grettel Vazquez
grettel vazquez
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