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Lesson 1: Energy in Action

Authored by Facing the Future

120 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Science
Grade: 
3, 4, 5
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Students use observations of domino chains and Rube Goldberg machines to learn about different forms of energy, energy transfer and transformation, and energy flow through systems.

During Activity 1, students connect their observations of domino chains with the definitions of energy and systems. In small groups, students learn more about different forms of energy and practice identifying these forms of energy in everyday situations. During Activity 2, students use their online or in-class observations of Rube Goldberg machines to learn about energy transfer, transformation, and the law of conservation of energy.

Key objectives for students
Observe and describe how energy can be transferred from place to place and transformed into different forms.
Read about different forms of energy and apply this information to everyday situations.
Build a small Rube Goldberg machine and consider how this system relates to energy.
Use observations and evidence to support the law of conservation of energy.
Secondary subjects
Language Arts, Music
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