Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Potential and Kinetic Energy - Section 2: Engage


The strategy of Demonstration is a great way to help students understand scientific principles that are not concrete. Energy can not be seen but the effects of the energy can be observed. In this demonstration the vital information is the change in the position of the object. If I were to place a basket ball above my head and say, "This is potential energy." The students may understand that holding my hands in the air is potential energy. I want to create a change to help students understand a before and after. 

The demonstrations usually work beautifully. The toys are familiar and calling the truck like a dog always brings a smile. (They look at one another as if I were crazy.) I had all but one student successfully complete the Exit Slip. I worked with the student individually and they too showed evidence of learning. 

  Using Demonstration as a Strategy for Learning
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Demonstration as a Strategy for Learning
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Potential and Kinetic Energy

Unit 2: Generating Energy
Lesson 1 of 5

Objective: SWBAT differentiate between kinetic and potential energy and how magnetic potential energy is transferred to kinetic energy.

Big Idea: How can potential energy be realized in magnets? Help your students understand potential and kinetic energy using magnets.

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