This video presentation outlines what energy is and the different types of energy. The students and teacher will appreciate the simplicity in which the information is delivered to the viewer. It also gives ways in which energy can be conserved. Teachers may use this video to introduce the different types of energy to the class and it may also be used as a conversation starter.
Teachers will be delighted to receive a first-hand teacher’s guide on the in-depth knowledge of energy. It includes what energy is, sources of energy, using and saving energy, history of energy and most of all games and activities that will stimulate the students’ interest. All of these topics provide links to the different websites. Teachers may use this site as their source of content for their lessons.
Teachers will appreciate the information from this website. In fact, grade 5 students are required to learn about the two main types of energy – kinetic and potential energy. This website explains this type of energy in very simple terms. It also has a glossary of terms used. The teacher may use some of these in the lesson. It also has games that students can enjoy on the website.
Kids Energy Zone site provides a wide cross-section of lesson plans that teachers can use or tweak based on the needs of the students. It has information on energy and electricity – ways to save energy. Also, there are lesson plans on energy efficiency, renewable energy and electrical safety. This website provides links for the different lesson plans and activities for the students. Teachers may use the lesson plans as is or tweak them according to the needs of the students.
Students are exposed to practical ways of conserving energy. Also, they are taught about personal energy usage – how to calculate the amount of watts used by an appliance. These lessons have bonus questions at the end of the lesson for the students. It also has detailed content for the students to grasp. Teachers will appreciate this website in making their workload lighter.
This video presentation summarizes what energy is and the different types of energy in a simple, easy to understand format. Through animation, students will be able to enjoy the presentation in an entertaining way. They will also be able to relate and understand the content. Teachers may use this video at the end of the lesson to summarize what was taught.
This website highlights this new approach for teaching energy concepts and that is The Common Knowledge Construction Model (CKCM). It is said that children learn concepts in different ways. In fact, this model has four interactive phases. These are exploring and categorizing; constructing and negotiating; translating and extending and reflecting and assessing. Teachers will appreciate the in-depth explanation of using this approach. I find this approach helpful in teaching students.
The Energy Literacy Guide provides compact information for learners of all ages. It focuses on the essential principles and fundamental concepts that are intended for the learning audience and setting. There are six (6) fundamental concepts highlighted that relate to teaching and learning on energy. One in particular mentions the importance of the fact that people are born investigators and learners. Teachers will appreciate the content and apply these in their lessons.