In this video, learn how to slow down conversations and elicit deeper thinking and listening in small group discussion using a protocol designed for more focused conversations. This protocol is ideal for exploring a topic and giving voice to each person in the group in a step-by-step process that allows for more reflective listening and thinking.
In this video, learn about a discussion protocol that allows people to summarize their ideas equitably within a group by using talking tokens as a way of sharing out ideas.
Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow.
“So great to see good instructions live with kids. There are lots of resources linked with each lesson on the site.”
In terms of content related to energy, see these highlighted resources:
- Energy Across the Disciplines: Students design Rube Goldberg machines to study energy transfers and energy transformations. The teacher uses the machines to help students make connections between flow of energy in ecosystems of life science with that of physical energy to then discuss conservation of energy and how that is reflected across different disciplines of science.
- Potential Energy: Problem Solving Skills: A lesson introducing middle school students to the idea of potential energy. Students work through text with background information on potential energy before working with simulations calculating the amount of potential energy in different scenarios in small groups to further their understanding.
- Exploring Real World Energy Transformations: Lesson with stations and identifying energy transformations and transfers using real world examples students are familiar with
- STEM Activity: Heat Loss: In this fun activity, students build a house and then measure the amount of heat loss within the structure. After making adjustments in “insulation”, students measure the amount of heat loss again, prompting further discussion on home energy efficiency
Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.
Here are some suggested activities you can do with your children, ages 3-15.
The PhET online interactive simulations from the University of Colorado are free, research-based and research-validated, cover math and all the major sciences, and are translated into dozens of languages. The online teaching resources to support each simulation include a teacher’s guide from the PhET design team, plus classroom activities that clever teachers have already developed for a given simulation. Here is a short list of suggested resources on energy:
- The Energy Skate Park (kinetic, potential energy)
- Circuit Construction (electrical energy)
- Energy Forms and Changes (energy states, forms, conservation of energy)
- Generator (energy types, energy resources, magnetic fields)
And a long-time favorite, John Travoltage–where you can make John “Travoltage’s” leg rub to build up static so that he gets shocked when touching a doorknob!
This interactive map created by ArcGIS shows global energy production and reserves by country, including coal production, oil production and reserves, and natural gas production and reserves for 1990 to 2014.
The Utah Energy & Minerals Education Initiative was launched in 2015 by the Governor’s Office of Energy Development (OED) and a variety of partner agencies, industry associations and other interested parties, all of whom shared the goal of advancing the public’s understanding of energy production and use.
To date, the Initiative has included K-12 curriculum development, scholarships for high school students, research funding and a Utah Energy & Minerals Days event hosted in conjunction with the annual Utah STEM Fest. As OED and its partners continue to make progress, expanding workforce development activities, public forums, and other forms of outreach and advocacy, this site will be a resource for all content, notices and news related to our education initiatives.
Currently, the site has lessons for grades 3-9 in science, social studies, and math. Current events and news are also featured
NREL(National Renewable Energy Lab) provides a variety of educational resources to help students, teachers, and parents educate their kids about renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, including hands-on projects and curriculum suggestions for elementary school, middle school, and high school students as well as teachers.
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Physics Front has reviewed and catalogued quality resources for K-12 teaching. This collection focuses on resources, lesson plans, activities, and websites in support of teaching concepts related to energy and other topics in physics.
Activity CategoriesFor Parents For PD Providers For Teachers Document Video Website Multi hour Up to an Hour 11-14 years old 14-18 years old 8-11 years old Adult Demonstration Lesson Unit Video Basic Classroom Supplies Special Equipment Technology Energy Transformation Sources of Energy Transfer of Energy
STEM-Works provides resources in STEM learning and career opportunities. The site focuses on specific topics in STEM including a section on Wind Energy