Lesson

Get Current on Energy

Lesson Overview

Upon completing this lesson the students will:

• Understand energy forms and sources;

• Distinguish between conductors and insulators of heat transfer; 

• Recognize and compare insulation values of various materials as energy savers; and

• Learn ways to conserve energy at school and at home.

Duration
Multiple days
Lesson Type
Traditional Lesson

Essential Question

1. What is the difference between conductors and insulators?

2. What are ways to conserve energy at school and home?

Grade(s):

Subject(s):

Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

3, 6

Science

EXPERIMENT 1

• Student Handouts and Activity Sheets (provided at the end of this lesson)

• Several Thermometers (for taking temperature measurements in the classroom)

• Ice Cubes (one for each student)

• Paper Cups (one for each student)

• Insulation Material (enough to wrap individual paper cups – assign students to bring these)

EXPERIMENT 2

• Large Glass Bowl

• Small Glass Bowl

• 3 Spoons (plastic, metal, wood)

• 3 Beads

• Butter

• Boiling Water

• Timer

• Thermometer (optional)

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Lesson Created By: GeorgiLucas

Lesson Partners: The South Carolina Energy Office