Energy Unit Overview
Science4Us connects K-2 students to the study of energy through their senses, everyday experiences, and hands-on activities.
In the Science4Us Energy Unit, Kindergarten students learn about these types of energy through familiar actions, like eating, and through their senses — engaging what students know and giving them a knowledge base to build upon in the future. When they have finished this Unit, students will have a strong framework and vocabulary on which to build future learning about energy.
In the Energy Sources module, students are introduced to the idea that all plants and animals need energy. In fact, people need energy to live, work, grow, and play. Interactive games help students practice identifying energy types that we use every day, such as electricity, food, and sunlight.Learn More about the Energy Sources lesson module
In the Light Energy module, students learn that light energy is the energy that allows them to see the matter around them. Through interactive lesson and activities, students explore the differences between natural and man-made light.Learn More about the Light Energy lesson module
In the Heat Energy module, students explore this type of energy that can be felt. Students use their hands to build friction and make heat energy. In the Larry in his Laboratory activity, students learn about conduction and radiation with an animated host and live-video examples.Learn More about the Heat Energy lesson module
The Sound Energy module allows students to experiment with energy that can be heard when matter is present to carry the vibration. Students learn about pitch, volume, and vibration as they explore and watch different methods of making sound.Learn More about the Sound Energy lesson module
Electrical energy is energy that is used to run appliances and tools. Electricity is generated at power plants from renewable and nonrenewable energy sources before it travels through power lines to all of the necessary locations. In this module students explore the various uses of electricity and the energy sources used to generate electricity.Learn More about the Electrical Energy lesson module
In the Energy Transformations module, students learn about energy flow. They connect what they have learned about sound, heat, and light energy with new knowledge about energy transformations.Learn More about the Energy Transformations lesson module