Introduction to Renewable and Nonrenewable ENERGY

Hook Activity: Give students a “Scientist ______________________ Data” paper. On this sheet is a list of hints and a category of “Evidence” that breaks up into two columns

First column: we identified that energy was present because….

Second column: Energy Source (wind? electricity? sun? other?)

The students are given 3 hints:

  1. “Heat” comes from energy
  2. “Movement” comes from energy
  3. Energy has the ability to make things change

Their goal is to investigate in the classroom the answer to the question "What is energy?" With the given hints they search for evidence that will help them find the answer.

After they have collected their evidence on energy around them, each person in their group makes up in their own words a definition for energy. They write their definition on the second handout in the spaces below which will have two columns as well. First column says: Scientist Name, second column says: Definition of Energy. Afterwards, as a group they collaboratively choose one of those definitions to represent their group answer to “What is Energy?” 

 

SCIENTIST _____________________________ DATA

 

HELPFUL HINTS:

  1. “Heat” comes from energy
  2. “Movement” comes from energy
  3. Energy has the ability to make things change

We IDENTIFIED that energy was present because….

Energy Source (wind? electricity? sun? other?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENERGY ANALYSIS REPORT

After you have collected your evidence on energy around the classroom, each person in their group makes up in their own words a definition for energy. They write their definition in the spaces below. Afterwards, as a group, collaboratively choose one of those definitions to represent your group answer to “What is Energy?” 

SCIENTIST’S NAME

DEFINITION OF ENERGY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS ENERGY?

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