Reflection: Connection to Prior Knowledge Energy Transformed 2: Toys Tell The Story - Section 3: Explore


Who doesn't love playing with toys? This is one of my favorite lessons here. I have used this same lesson when working with adult learners and find that no matter the age of student engagement level is always high in the connection to understanding energy transfers and systems is always strong.  Look for toys that have as many different things going on with them (sound, lights, movement, potential and kinetic energy, etc.) so that you get varied  responses. Alternatively, I have done this activity where I gave every student group the exact same toy. This way we all used the same model and built off of each other's ideas going deeper.

  Build off of what students know
  Connection to Prior Knowledge: Build off of what students know
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Energy Transformed 2: Toys Tell The Story

Unit 5: Energy: Where we get it and how we use it.
Lesson 4 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use a model to identify energy transfers and create an explanation for the conservation of energy.

Big Idea: Using toys, students explore the basics of energy transfer and have fun while doing it.

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