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published by the National Energy Education Development Project
Available Languages: English, Spanish
This free infobook provides an overview of energy forms and sources for Grades 2-4, along with hands-on activities, graphics, and classroom presentation materials for teaching an entire unit. Students will first be introduced to energy as a physical science concept before being exposed to sources of energy. Using this sequence can help learners differentiate energy forms (thermal, motion, wave, chemical) from energy sources (fossil fuels, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric).
For the companion Student Guide with printable data guides and activities, Primary Science of Energy-Student Guide. See Related Materials for a free activity booklet that accompanies this curriculum.
The NEED Project is a national initiative to bring innovative curriculum materials in energy education to teachers and learners from the primary grades through college.
Editor's Note: Confusing energy forms and energy sources is a documented roadblock to future understanding of energy from the physical science context. Often, children enter high school believing that fuels are "energy" and that the Law of Conservation of Energy means turning down the thermostat to use less fuel. If taught effectively in the early grades, students can build the foundation to understand energy quantitatively.
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
1. The Nature of Science
1B. Scientific Inquiry
4. The Physical Setting
4E. Energy Transformations
8. The Designed World
8C. Energy Sources and Use
11. Common Themes
11C. Constancy and Change
12. Habits of Mind
12C. Manipulation and Observation
12D. Communication Skills
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Teaching Energy in the Elementary Grades
Confusing energy forms with energy sources is a documented roadblock to future understanding of the topic as a science discipline. This free infobook for Grades 2-4 provides materials for teaching an entire unit that effectively builds a solid foundation. It first introduces forms of energy (thermal, motion, wave, chemical), then looks at energy sources (fossil fuels, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric). Very well sequenced for the early grades.Links to Units:
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NEED Project: Primary Science of Energy Infobook:
Accompanies Primary Science of Energy-Student Guide
This is the student guide intended for use alongside the NEED Project infobook "Primary Science of Energy".relation by Caroline Hall
Accompanies NEED Project: Primary Energy Activities
This link takes users to the the Primary Energy activity booklet, which was specifically developed to accompany this instructional unit. Includes songs, puzzles, games, graphics, and assessment materials with answer key.relation by Caroline Hall
Is Part Of NEED: National Energy Education Development Project
A link to the full collection of curriculum materials developed by the NEED project.relation by Caroline Hall
Accompanies NEED Project: Primary Energy Carnival
A link to a set of nine carnival-like games, ideal as a culminating activity after completion of the "Primary Energy" classroom investigations. Completely turn-key.relation by Caroline Hall
Covers the Same Topic (Different Course Level) As NEED Project: Intermediate Energy Infobook
This free Infobook, also published by the NEED Project, was written for use in Grades 6-8.relation by Caroline Hall
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