Energy Sources

In the Energy Sources module, students are introduced to the idea that all plants and animals need energy. In fact, people need energy to live, work, grow, and play. Interactive games help students practice identifying energy types that we use every day, such as electricity, food, and sunlight.

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This Elaborate session promotes the use of formal definitions and explanations in a format not traditionally used in science instruction. In this session, students view an animated literature piece and use their digital Notebook to record their ideas. Students also participate in a teacher-led discussion that emphasizes the science content. To complete the session, students participate in offline activities that reinforce the connection between science, literature, and the arts.

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This Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to new situations. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on science process skills and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces science process skills.

Energy Sources
Energy Sources module
At a Glance

Energy Sources

Energy is available for plants and animals from many different sources. Even people need energy to live, work, grow, and play. This module guides students as they begin to identify energy. It also introduces three familiar sources of energy used every day: electricity, food, and sunlight.

Core Concept

Energy, from a variety of sources, is used every day in many different ways.

Essential Vocabulary

energy, battery, electricity, generate, manmade, natural, rechargeable, renewable, source, sun

Science4Us provides the essentials that teachers need to confidently and effectively lead a classroom in any science lesson. This demo shows:

  • One section of the “Teacher Explain”
  • One of the 40 teacher support documents

Support Document

Students watch real life video clips to see different kinds of energy in action and experience first-hand heat energy generated through friction. As students review and record what they have learned, they complete picture analogies, reinforcing science and language arts concepts at the same time.

Professional development is available in the form of printable teacher guides to help you expand on the online material and further student understanding of the different Energy Sources. These teacher guides include hands-on activities, discussion questions and more.

Additional professional development is available in the form of Teacher Lessons. These offer additional insight into the different sources of energy by highlighting common misconceptions, vocabulary connections, content extensions and best practices. One helpful practice when teaching students about Energy Sources is to get them talking about the different energy sources they use every day. As students identify the energy sources they use, classify each example as natural and renewable or manmade and renewable or manmade and not renewable. This discussion will also provide you with the opportunity to gauge student understanding of what energy sources are.