Connect and Explore - Energize
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Connect with Energy Exploratory stations (60-90 minutes)
- Explore Energy Cards printed out for each station
- Set up stations in advance with materials/resources listed on each card
Divide students into groups among 5 stations of exploratory activities that focus on the 5 forms of energy being studied (Mechanical, Light, Thermal, Sound, Electricity).
Students will rotate through each stations as they complete the Explore Energy Card challenges including the “Show Your Thinking” portion of the card.
Explore with Digital Resources (45-60 minutes)
- Pick 3 Explore Sheet printed for each student
- print resources (books) on the 5 energy types divided amongst 5 different tables
- Energy Articles/Resources - printed for each table, or available on a computer at each table
Instruct students that they will be picking 3 forms of energy to explore more deeply.
Pick 3 Explore Sheet - Students rotate through 3 of the energy resource areas spending approximately 10 minutes taking notes.
Students spend 5 minutes completing the back of the Pick 3 Explore Sheet.
Conclude with a class discussion, or small group discussions, on what students thought was the most essential energy form and why.
This phase is intended to:
Connect students to the topic and spark their interest in learning more.
- Activate background knowledge
- Build curiosity
- Allow time for further topic exploration independently or in small groups
- Begin questioning
Explore Energy Cards for stations
Pick 3 Explore sheet (Spanish Pick 3 Explore sheet)
How to Ask Good Questions - video link
Energy Articles/Resources - articles can be printed for each table, or QR codes can be made to direct students to articles at each station (Spanish)