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Make it Move: Force and Energy in Action

Make it move! In this lesson, students will learn about energy and make connections between force and energy. Through a hands-on approach, students will work in teams to construct and report on their experiments.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to recognize examples of kinetic and potential energy. Students will be able to make connections between force, motion, and energy. Students will be able to construct a science experiment about force, motion, and energy. Students will be able to make predictions and reflect on the results.

Introduction

(5 minutes)
Exit SlipsDifferent Forms of EnergyExperiment OrganizerPotential versus Kinetic EnergyQuestion Starters
  • Lead the students in a moving exercise.
  • Tell the students that their movement was an example of kinetic energy, which is the energy of motion. Give them an example of kinetic energy, such as a child who is running down the street.
  • Explain that potential energy is the energy that is stored in an object. An example of potential energy would be a child who is sitting still.
  • Tell the students that they will be doing an experiment and learning more about force, motion, and energy.