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Potential & Kinetic Energy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Use this lesson plan to introduce your students to the ideas of kinetic and potential energy. Students will watch two video lessons, discuss different types of energy, and participate in a hands-on activity to create images that depict each type of energy in real-world settings.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define kinetic and potential energy.
  • identify and describe different types of energy in real-world scenarios.

Length

60 - 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.7

Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

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