Energy Transformations

In the Energy Transformations module, students learn about energy flow. They connect what they have learned about sound, heat, and light energy with new knowledge about energy transformations.

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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.

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Use Your Clues

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 Transformations
Energy Transformations module
At a Glance

Energy Transformations

Energy is everywhere, and it is used to accomplish many different things, while transforming from sunlight to food and from electricity to heat, light and sound. This module guides students through an exploration of energy transformations in living and nonliving systems.

Core Concept

Energy can be transformed from one form to another as it is used by living and nonliving things.

Essential Vocabulary

transformation, transform, convert, electrical energy, energy flow, generate, heat energy, light energy, nonrenewable, renewable, sound energy

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

In an online activity, students build flowcharts to place the flow of electricity in everyday scenarios in the correct order. The focus on natural energy systems in this module gives students a framework on which they will build in the Life Sciences Units.

Introducing Energy Transformations is simple thanks to the professional development available. The printable teacher guides also help you assess student understanding, promote their interest and curiosity before, during and after the activity through engaging questions.

Reviewing the Teacher Lessons can help you feel prepared to teach Energy Transformations by breaking down each section of the Student Explain and summarizing the concepts covered, providing best practices, concept review information and more. Teacher Lessons also review common misconceptions that students may have; for example, many students think that food has energy only when it is eaten. In fact, food has energy whether it is eaten or not.