Sat Apr 20, 2013 5:24 PM
Great All Around Lesson
This Energy SciGuide presents lessons in different themes which covers majority of energy standards in my state. I agree with presenting lessons in all types of different formats to address various types of learners and to also reinforce and integrate the material contents where students can draw relationships. This way the knowledge remains with the students and they'll be able to build upon them in their upcoming years.
This guide provides complete resource and sequence for teachers. I had carried out lessons involving energy transformation in my classroom and agree with their methods of implementing and combining a variety of strategies. I will definitely add in the 'hands on' portion from this sciguide. The peanut power demonstration seems awesome! Students will be able to see the stored potential energy in their food and relate it to what it can possibly do in their bodies. This lesson can expand towards students thinking about calorie content and eating healthier as well.
I would like more resources on lab activities in which students can carry out themselves. I had done energy transformation on different types of metals and heat to show heat energy to kinetic energy, and there were also stations to transfer chemical to heat or light and such. My issue was funding. The materials I used could add up if I had to provide them for a pair of students in every class. Perhaps I could ask students to bring in their own materials or there may be other labs to show awesome energy transformations by using household products (safe house hold products). Overall, great guide, definitely worth using for energy lessons!
Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:26 PM
As I worked through the sections, I noticed that some questions required more than 1 correct answer. I was wondering why my responses would have an 'x' and '/' mark. I needed to find another right answer. Overall, this is an awesome resource to review and reinforcement energy transformations. I especially enjoyed the audio dialog; this benefits students requiring assistance in reading. Examples were awesome because they included diagrams to assist visual learners. I enjoyed the interesting facts boxes as an additional resource. I feel that this resource would be appropriate for regular or students requiring modifications since some students are aware of other types of energy and this section emphasizes on kinetic and potential energy.