Elementary Science:
Online, Interactive, Standards-Based

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.

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.

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