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Potentially Kinetic

Keep Program, University of Wisconsin

This activity supports sense-making around kinetic and potential energy through a series of demonstrations.

This activity takes two 50 minute class periods

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Energy Literacy

This Activity builds on the following concepts of Energy Literacy.

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Teaching Tips

  • This is an activity to embed within a larger lesson or module.
  • Review the contents to decide how to embed it and how to develop questions that will foster deeper thinking about energy transformations.
  • This lesson plan is very well thought out and walks teachers through the activity.

About the Content

  • Through simple demonstrations, students are introduced to the presence of potential and kinetic energy in their lives and test their knowledge through a tic-tac-toe game.
  • Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.

About the Pedagogy

  • The learning objectives, materials, background materials are clear, as are the procedures for the lesson.
  • The lesson itself is a pdf, but there are links to further explorations, and it includes assessment questions.
  • This activity is appropriate for middle school students learning about kinetic and potential energy, and given the active nature of it, this activity should appeal to different learning styles.
  • The fun tic-tac-toe game recommended for after the activity should serve as a formative assessment teachers can use to monitor student learning.
  • The subject areas that it covers include English, Arts, Math, and Science.
Entered the Collection: November 2021 Last Reviewed: July 2021

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