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CKSci Grade 4 Unit 1: Energy Transfer and Transformation
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CKSci Grade 4 Unit 1: Energy Transfer and Transformation

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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

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Energy Transfer and TransformationReader.pdf

Media
February 21, 2024
4.87 MB

EnergyTransfer&TransformationTG.pdf

Lesson Plan
February 21, 2024
18.94 MB

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