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This free activity booklet for Grades 2-4 accompanies the NEED Project's Primary Science of Energy curriculum materials. It contains an array of multisensory games, songs, graphics, and seat activities to accompany the energy instructional unit outlined in the NEED Teacher's Guide for Primary Energy. You'll also find printable assessments with answer keys and a student self-evaluation.    

The NEED energy curriculum is noteworthy because students are first 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).

See Related Materials for a link to the Teacher's Guide for this unit.

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.
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

1. The Nature of Science

1B. Scientific Inquiry
  • K-2: 1B/P2. Tools such as thermometers, magnifiers, rulers, or balances often give more information about things than can be obtained by just observing things unaided.
  • 3-5: 1B/E2b. One reason for following directions carefully and for keeping records of one's work is to provide information on what might have caused differences in investigations.

4. The Physical Setting

4E. Energy Transformations
  • K-2: 4E/P1. The sun warms the land, air, and water.
  • 3-5: 4E/E2b. When warmer things are put with cooler ones, heat is transferred from the warmer ones to the cooler ones.
  • 3-5: 4E/E2c. A warmer object can warm a cooler one by contact or at a distance.
4F. Motion
  • K-2: 4F/P3. Things that make sound vibrate.
  • 3-5: 4F/E3. Light travels and tends to maintain its direction of motion until it interacts with an object or material. Light can be absorbed, redirected, bounced back, or allowed to pass through.

8. The Designed World

8C. Energy Sources and Use
  • K-2: 8C/P2. People burn fuels such as wood, oil, coal, or natural gas, or use electricity, to cook their food and warm their houses.
  • 3-5: 8C/E1. Moving air and water can be used to run machines.
  • 3-5: 8C/E2. Sunlight is used to run many devices.
  • 3-5: 8C/E4. Some people try to reduce the amount of fuels they use in order to conserve resources, reduce pollution, or save money.

11. Common Themes

11C. Constancy and Change
  • K-2: 11C/P3b. Small changes can sometimes be detected by comparing counts or measurements at different times.
  • 3-5: 11C/E2b. Often the best way to tell which kinds of change are happening is to make a table or graph of measurements.

12. Habits of Mind

12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 3-5: 12C/E3. Keep written or electronic records of information so that the records are understandable weeks or months later.
12D. Communication Skills
  • K-2: 12D/P3. Interpret pictures, drawings, and videos of real-world objects and events.
  • 3-5: 12D/E3. Use numerical data in describing and comparing objects and events.

This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Conservation of Energy
Unit Title: Teaching Energy in the Elementary Grades

This free booklet accompanies the NEED Primary Science of Energy curriculum (above). You'll find an array of multisensory games, songs, graphics, and seat activities to support the instructional unit on energy, plus assessment materials with answer keys.

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