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The Energizer ! 



A Unit on Energy

Title of the Unit: "The Energizer"- Exploring Energy

Brief Description of the Unit:

This unit is designed for students to explore energy and its various forms while researching literary resources and integrating technology.




Brief Description of Supporting lessons:

Day 1: The students’ general knowledge about energy will be assessed. The students will be introduced to energy using a United Streaming video. The teacher will conduct an experiment with the students. The students will read pgs. F2-13.

Day 2: The students will describe the movement of energy. The students will read pages F 14-21. The students will visit The students will conduct an experiment and watch a USV.

Day 3: The students will do activities to identify how energy is used in their everyday life. The students will visit and create a personal energy conservation plan.  The students will conduct an experiment.

Day 4: The students will read about a circuit using The students will use page F22-F23 to conduct an experiment to understand the flow of electricity.  The students will learn how energy can change forms using F24-27.

Day 5: The students will  review the lesson covered. The student will complete an assessment. The students will watch a video on energy.



Intended Audiences (Grade/age level, assumed skill proficiencies):

Third grade students who are able to take notes from various sources, work in groups, follow directions, use the internet, print pages from a computer. These lessons correlate with Harcourt Science textbook- Unit F.



The unit will last for 5 days. Each lesson will be approximately 50 minutes. The final assessment will last approximately 20 minutes; however, some students may require extra time.

Unit Goals:



Grade- Level Expectations (GLE's):


Unit Outcomes:


Assessments will include an experiment, on-line videos, worksheets, graphic organizers, and a formal test.




Unit Daily Lessons:


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Intro: TTW ask, "What is energy?" "Where does it come from?" "What is it used for?" (HOT)

Development: TSW read and discuss pages F2-F3 & F6-F13. TSW complete APCC Activity 33- Forms of Energy. TTW pass out notes and review the notes.

High Level:  Peer tutors

Low Level:  Partner help

Closing:  KWL chart

HW: study notes

Assessment: 1, 2, 5


Intro: TTW ask, “ Can energy move?” "How?" (HOT)

Development: TTW discuss the movement of energy using page F16-21. TSW conduct APCC Activity 34-Heat Energy. TSW watch USV-"Heat, Temp., & Energy" and "Jr. Electrician-Static Electricity" TSW list 5 facts from the videos.

High Level:  Peer Tutors

Low Level:  Partner Help

Closing:  Share facts from videos.

HW: Study notes

Assessment: 1, 2, 5


Intro: TTW ask, “Can sunlight be changed into electricity? "Why is  that important?” (HOT)

Development: TTW use pg. F24-29 to discuss solar energy. TSW complete APCC Activity 32-Marshmallow Cooker. TSW make predictions and complete experiment worksheet.

High Level: Peer tutors

Low Level: Partner help.

 Closing: Share experiment results

HW: study notes

Assessment: 1, 2, 5


Intro: TTW ask, “How does a light bulb work?" "Can energy be transferred from one object to another?" (HOT)

Development: TTW use pg. F38-43 to discuss open and closed circuits. APCC Activity 37-Lighting Bulbs. TSW draw a diagram illustrating the flow of electricity.

High Level: Use the internet to research notable inventors regarding electricity.

Low Level: Partner help.

 Closing: Share experiment results

HW: study notes

Assessment: 1, 2, 5


TTW review for the test.


TSW take the test.


If time permits, TSW watch the Magic School Bus-"Get Charged" & "Get Energized" 

   Assessment:        1. Teacher Observation        2. Student Participation       3.  Checklist        4.  Anecdotal Records        5.  Work Sample        6. Rubric        7.  Teacher Made Test       




Technological Strategies:


          In this unit, the technology strategies that were integrated included: