|Name of Unit||Introduction to Energy|
|Author(s)||Pami Anderson and Emma Coltoff|
|School||Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park|
|Brief Description||This unit introduces different forms of energy to students through two weeks of interactive worksheets and third week for a marble roller coaster activity.|
|Keywords||Energy, Kinetic, Potential|
|Number of Weeks||3|
|Week 1||This week we introduced potential and kinetic energy. Most students in our fifth grade class were not familiar with different forms of energy.
Next, we handed out different types of balls to groups of four students (tennis ball, ping pong ball, volleyball, wiffle ball) and we had them fill in a table to record the starting height from which they dropped the ball at and then the maximum height the ball reached after bouncing once. They then had to describe when the ball had the most potential and kinetic energy. We also went over energy conservation with the ball example and how energy can not be lost, but rather transferred into different forms.
|Week 2||This week we began by reviewing potential and kinetic energy. We showed them a roller coaster simulation where the amount of potential and kinetic energy was plotted in bar graphs as the roller coaster moved through different points of the track
We then went further into describing other types of energy: mechanical, electrical, heat/thermal, chemical, gravitational and sound.
|Week 3||Since this unit had been worksheet heavy, we did a final activity to wrap up different forms of energy. For this activity we brought in supplies to have them build a roller coasters for a marble. Each group (of about four students) got a piece of cardboard (6” x 12”), a rubber band, a yard of tape and two “track” pieces of poster board (18” long). There are many online references that go over different ways to make paper roller coasters and how to make straight and loop template tracks (i.e.http://www.mrwaynesclass.com/ProjectCoaster/Lab/) .