Monday, September 5, 2011

Thoughts on Energy-Day One

So, to kick off the year, and our mini-unit introduction to energy and forces, students watched the "Honda COG" video, selected one portion of it, and diagrammed out the "energy story" of that portion.  Students were asked to list types of energy, describe what was happening to the energy, and where the energy was.

Here is the video:

And here are some sample whiteboards with the task students were asked to do:

We then discussed and acknowledged that students already had a pretty intuitive understanding of energy already.  Then, students were asked to come up with a definition for energy.  These are some sample definitions:

This idea courtesy of the Energy Project at SPU!

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