Lesson Plan Template: General Lesson Plan
Learning Objectives: What should students know and be able to do as a result of this lesson?
The student will:
- identify and describe various forms of energy.
- analyze the transformation of one form of energy to another.
- demonstrate energy transformations within a system.
- demonstrate that during energy transfer heat is released.
- analyze and site examples of the Law of Conservation of Energy.
Prior Knowledge: What prior knowledge should students have for this lesson?
Students should have an understanding of kinetic and potential energy and their relationship from sixth grade.
Students should have an understanding of friction as a force that opposes motion.
Guiding Questions: What are the guiding questions for this lesson?
- How is energy conserved in an energy transformations?
- Why is food referred to as fuel for your body?
- How can you tell a system has encountered friction?
- Based on the Law of Conservation of Energy what happens to the energy in a system when it encounters friction?
Teaching Phase: How will the teacher present the concept or skill to students?
It should be noted that this lesson works best when a fair or carnival is in your area for best student engagement. At the beginning of class the teacher will show a brief one or two minute video of a fair or carnival with rollercoasters, funslides and different rides along with other activity and food. These can be easily found online. The teacher can select one of their favorites. The teacher will explain that various forms of energy were at work in the video.
At the beginning of whole group instruction the class will begin to create a KWL chart on forms of energy? The teacher will create a master chart of all the things the class currently knows on forms of energy and energy transformations. The teacher will then ask the class to discuss some things they would like to learn about in regards to energy transformations and energy conservation. The teacher will note this on the master chart while students record it in their science journals.
Students will then watch the Study Jams video entitled "Energy and Matter" at
After viewing video the whole group will verbally answer video quiz questions and teacher will provide feedback as necessary.
Guided Practice: What activities or exercises will the students complete with teacher guidance?
Guided practice for this lesson requires Explorelearning access to Energy Conversions Gizmo
Guided practice will be done in group settings. The teacher will complete the Energy Conversion Gizmo with one group while the second group works in two student teams using peer mentors for ELL, SPED and struggling students in guided reading. When the first group is completed with the teacher the students will rotate centers.
For paired reading the students can utilize the school text that covers forms of energy and transformations. For my class I use Review and Reinforce activity from Chapter 10.1 of Pearsons Grade 7 Science Interactive Text along with the Chapter reading.
Students should be allowed to add sticky notes to the Master KWL chart to update new questions they have or knowledge and understanding they have gained.
All work and notes should be neatly recorded in students science journal to be used as one resource in Independent Practice.
Independent Practice: What activities or exercises will students complete to reinforce the concepts and skills developed in the lesson?
One the second day of lesson students should be provided various science textbooks to use in research. Access to computer and tablets with internet access if available should also be allowed for students. In groups of four students should be provided with sheets of butcher paper to complete their final product. Students will create a drawing of a selected carnival ride. On small slips of paper write Roller Coaster (if there is a famous local roller coaster use its name) or Fun slide. You should have enough for half the class to do one ride and half to do the other. Place in container and allow one student per group to select pull a paper for the group. Each group will create a model of their ride and all the energy tranformations that occur Students will use the internet and books as a resource. Students may use alternative energy sources such as windmills, solar power, nuclear power plant, coal power plant. They must identify as many energy transformations and explain them as possible from information gathered during previous days lesson and their current research. Groups will have to identify the starting point of their energy pathway and the ending point. They must explain how even though the ride ends how the Law of Conservation of Energy has not been violated.
Closure: How will the teacher assist students in organizing the knowledge gained in the lesson?
Class will review KWL chart for new knowledge and understanding gained. Teacher will also look for any unanswered questions that may be unanswered.
Students will create a drawing that models the Crazy Mouse Rollercoaster or Funslide. Students will identify the energy pathways of their models and explain all the energy conversions and forms of energy involved in the ride. Students will write an explanation how their model is an example of the Law of Conservation of Energy.
Through out lesson the teacher will ask questions to assess student comprehension. After viewing Study Jam Video "Energy and Matter" the class will answer video quiz questions as a whole group.
During small group centers teacher will ask questions during Energy Transformations Gizmo.
Upon completion of Gizmo the individual small groups will answer the Energy Transformation Quiz.
During small group centers students will complete Review and reinforcement for Chapter 10.1 Pearson Florida Grade 7 Interactive Science.
Feedback to Students
Teacher will provide direct verbal feedback and correction during teacher led activities and discussion.
Student individual work will be reviewed by teacher and feedback will be placed in writing on student work and returned for correction.