To discover and understand the different types of energy, we are going to get creative with the iPads. To begin, I write the word SCREAM vertically. This will be the mnemonic to help us remember the different types of energy. I then ask the class what they know about energy and if they know any of the forms. We have a brief discussion and if any questions come from our discussion, I will have those students write them on a sticky note to see if we end up answering them during this or other lessons.
Students will write SCREAM in their science journal, skipping a few spaces between letters. I am going to go over each letter and describe the type of energy it refers to. I am then going to give an example so that students can add this to their journals.
Students will now use their iPads to create a PicCollage modeling the six types of energy. Before they can just begin adding photos, I need to model how to find a picture on the internet and how to save it to the iPad. We have not researched many topics on the iPad so I will model how I do this by using the search bar to type in "sound energy examples." I model how I choose a good picture for my presentation and save it to my images. I then clear my search bar and have them search for sound energy with me. I can walk around and help so that all my students understand how to do this step.
Students will then need to watch as I create a blank page and add picture and writing to my collage. The steps to create a collage is very simple. I have had success with giving students some modeled and guided instruction before beginning. This is a very simple program and students can trouble shoot with very little guided instruction from me.
Students will share their PicCollages with each other in an inside/outside circle activity. I will place students in an inner and outer circle. I will start by having the inner circle share their collage with the outer student. Once that sharing has occurred, I will have them switch. The next time the outer circle will share their collage. We will do this two more times.
Once this activity is complete, we will have a quick discussion about what we saw in each others collages. I do not want them to share their pictures, but what they saw in each others.
For fun, we will end with a game of hangman or charades. If enough of the examples form their collages are easy to act out, we will try a game of charades to model the different types of energy. If the examples are easier to do with hangman, I will give them the type of energy and then have them guess the example of that form.