Skip to main content
CKSci Grade 4 Unit 1: Energy Transfer and Transformation
Write a review

CKSci Grade 4 Unit 1: Energy Transfer and Transformation


Share On Facebook
Share On Twitter
Share On Pinterest
Share On LinkedIn

About This Lesson

This unit engages students with the idea that whenever there is a change, there is at least one form of energy causing that change. Students investigate evidence of energy all around them—when they flip on a light switch, feel a car start to move, or hear a phone ring.

The relationship between energy and change becomes clearer when students understand that

  • energy is observed in different forms, such as sound, light, thermal energy (heat), and electrical energy;
  • all of these forms of energy can cause changes, such as when a high-pitched sound breaks glass or when heat melts butter;
  • one form of energy can transform (convert) into another; and
  • all change, in fact, is evidence of a transfer of energy or a transformation.

Students also learn that engineers use their knowledge of energy as they develop solutions to problems and build things that are useful to people. As a series of culminating activities, students explore the principles and practices of engineering design, such as scientifically defining a problem to be solved and evaluating and optimizing possible solutions.

Number of Lessons: 13

Instruction Time:

  • Each Lesson is designed to be completed in one 30–45-minute class period. Some lessons may take more than one class period.
  • Some single-day activities and performance tasks might require setting aside a longer block of time.
  • This Unit should be completed in 20 classroom days.
  • A Pacing Guide is provided within the Teacher Guide.
  • A complete list of Materials needed to complete the unit is provided in Online Resources



Energy Transfer and TransformationReader.pdf

February 21, 2024
4.87 MB


Lesson Plan
February 21, 2024
18.94 MB


Write A Review

Be the first to submit a review!