Hunting for Energyby: Jennifer Kolb

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“I have no energy! Energy is everywhere! Solar energy comes from the Sun. Energy drinks give you energy!” These are the typical responses from sixth-grade students when asked about what they know about energy. Students are often aware that energy exists in different forms, but they are not always clear on how energy transfers occur. To better teach this concept, the author developed this lesson in which everyday objects are used to demonstrate energy transfer.

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  • on Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:24 AM

After teaching for two years fifth grade, I find that students although with some understanding of what they think it is energy, have lots of misconceptions on how energy transfers/transforms. This article shares great ideas in a lesson to help students conclude that energy can not be created or destroyed but rather transformed.

Guissella  (Madrid, 0)
Guissella (Madrid, 0)

  • on Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:10 AM

As the author says, "Teaching energy and the transfer of energy can be difficult, as these are abstract concepts." In this article he describes how looking at common objects that use energy can show the transfer of energy. Exp. telephone takes electrical energy and turns it into sound, light and heat energies. This sort of turns into a scavenger hunt for energy.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:53 AM

Not a bad article to help start a unit on energy. I like that the article is helping students observe their surroundings to search for energy.

Chris Taylor  (Boise, ID)
Chris Taylor (Boise, ID)

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