• Date


    Materials Needed for Class

    Homework & Textbook Reference Pages





    Sept.  8

    Promethean Flipchart: Energy


    BrainPop: Energy Sources


    This is a lesson on energy that includes examples of the different types of energy. It is great for students who are visual learners.

    TSW complete as many examples as they can about energy transformations using their lab sheets from the circuit of inquiry lab.

    (SC Standards:P3A1; P3A2)

    Science Notebook

     Textbook reference pages 351-353


    Read “Galileo and Experimental Science” and write a 5-sentence summary (in Science Notebook!)


    None this week



    Sept. 9

    Energy Transformations in Circuits

    BrainPop: Potential Energy


    BrainPop: Kinetic Energy


    TSW participate in student demonstrations about: kinetic and potential energy. During the Brainpop clip, TSW complete the energy organizer about potential and kinetic energy.

    Diagrams: Series and Parallel Circuits

    Series and Parallel Circuits (Lesson 2: Circuit Diagrams)


    TSW build series and parallel circuits from diagrams. TSW draw examples of the circuits in their science notebooks and take pictures of the circuits with their iPads. TSW label the energy transformations in the circuit.

    (SC Standards:P3A1;P3A2;P3A3)

    Science Notebook


    Textbook reference pages 351-363

    Energy Cube: draw and label an energy transformation on each side  of a cube





    Sept. 10

    Energy Transformations

    Magnets and Motors: Lesson 8 and 10 (Making Magnets with Electricity and Testing an Electromagnet)


    Industrial electromagnet demonstration: (yoke)

    TSW form an understanding of how electricity and magnetism can be used in practical applications. TSW use a wire, battery, and nail to investigate how to make an electromagnet.  TSW make a data table to keep count of the number of coils and number of batteries in relation to the number of paper clips they can pick up with an electromagnet. TSW draw a picture of the electromagnet that picked up the most paperclips.

    Visuals for students to draw magnetic fields:

    Rotating magnetic field Animations


    Magnetism notes:

    There are three ways to increase the strength of an electromagnet: adding a core (iron is best), number of coils, increasing the current flow.

     (SC Standards:P3A1;P3A3; P3A4)

     Science Notebook


    Textbook reference pages 351-363

    Energy Cube




    Sept. 11

    Magnets and Motors: Lesson 14 and 15 (What is inside an electric motor and how a motor works?)

    TSW investigate the insides of a real electric motor. TSW explore different ways of changing how a motor functions. TSW draw and label the components of an electric motor.

    Motor notes:

    ·         An electric current produces a magnetic field.

    ·         Magnetism can be used to generate an electrical current. 

    BIG IDEA-motors and generators are reverse energy processes.

    * A motor uses electrical energy to produce mechanical energy.

    *A generator uses mechanical energy to produce electrical energy.

    Animations to show how motors and generators work


    Electric Motor and Generator Pictures


     (SC Standards: P3A3; P3A4)

    Science Notebook



    Energy Cube




    Sept. 12

     Magnets and Motors: Lesson 14 and 15 continued (What is inside an electric motor and how a motor works?)

    TSW use the armature and coils inside a motor to investigate how a motor works with the push and pull of magnetic force. TSW draw and label the energy transformations.

    Animations from Thursday will be used for examples.

    (SC Standards: P3A3; P3A4)

     Science Notebook

    Energy Cube Due