Matt Keveney's personal web page, home of the Animated Engines
Search "Under the Hood"
Link to: http://techni.tachemie.uni-leipzig.de/otto/index_e.htmlThis is an animation of a 4-stroke, complemented with a pressure: volume graph; students could describe the 4 parts of this cycle and refer to what is happening in the cylinder using the color changes (blue=cold, red=hot)
(Virtual roller coaster lessons)
Potential & Kinetic Energy lesson from: "An Educator's Reference Desk Lesson Plan"; Submitted by: Ben Pflugrad, Caldwell S.D.A. Elementary School; Caldwell, ID
Part of a high school course on astronomy, Newtonian mechanics and spaceflight by David P. Stern, Code 695, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD 20771 u5dpslepvax.gsfc.nasa.gov or audavsternerols.com
The Eli Whitney Museum website. A good resource for research and you can also get booking information for field trips.
(an online science lesson planning resource. This page provides links to lesson plans and resources for all grade levels and all science areas typically taught in K-12 schools. This lesson plan is for: Kinetic Energy and Work
Students MUST visit this site. The web diagram will lead them to many valuable lessons. You can create your own online lesson using the links in this website.
A conversation about the second law of thermodynamics. Would be helpful to refer students to. Perhaps ask them to read it and their textbook and then describe the second law in their own words.
What is Temperature?
The Development of Thermometers and Temperature Scales
Heat and Thermodynamics
The Kinetic Theory
3 K - The Temperature of the Universe
This is the National Science Teacher Association website's information on Energy. There are some very good examples here that can be used to initiate discussion in class and get kids thinking about their world and how the topics in class apply.
This defines energy in basic terms and gives many active link to different conceptual ideas. An online lesson could be designed in a treasure hunt format where kids are given some prompts and must find the answers themselves.
This website describes how science works using simple explanations and animations. It is a very good resource for lower-functioning students to make real connections.
This is the University of Tennessee at Martin's website containing a manual of activities for K-8 science teachers. The lesson plans are really thorough, complete with written objectives, and suggested hooks, openers, discussions, activities and closings. I used activities 7C1 and 6C4.
Science Whatzit is an online science learning project of the Oregon Museum of Science & Industry and you can type in questions and get answers, or you can search their database of lesson plans and resources. Students can also take a quiz to determine their home's energy quotient (this is available in either English or Spanish). This looks like a great resource for many different science units.
This is a website that has many links to numerous science activities that can be done with simple materials (many are things that you would have at home). The activities include but are not limited to earth and space science, biology, and physics.
Motivational Techniques and Materials for Teaching High School Science in the City of New Haven by Roche A. Samy.
One lesson is: Activity on Greenhouse affect is included in these lessons, also acid rain and water pollution
Atmospheric Changes and Energy Loss Due to Industrial and Residential Combustion of Hydrocarbon Fuels by Susan M. Burke.
One lesson is: The Anthropogenic Effects of Air Pollution Upon Soil, Terrestrial Vegetation and Materials and Building Facades
Energy Alternatives by Thelma Stepan.
This includes a short description of energy and work. Not much detail, but accurate.
Physics- “24”by Gwendolyn Robinson.
This is a really creative unit that can be used in its entirety or picked from to supplement your physics lessons.
Oil and Gas As A Source of Energy by Grayce P. Storey.
This is more of a geology unit on where oil and gas come from. Some cool activities that teachers might use. This would probably be best for a lower level group.