Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Energy Explanations
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Workshop 8

Workshop 1. What Is Energy?

Interviews about energy with children, scientists, and people on the street reveal the wide range of concepts that teachers encounter. In this session, you will look at the differences between the everyday language of energy and the scientific concept, see highlights of its history, and learn its importance in our understanding of the world.

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Program Questions


1. What is energy?

Energy is the ability to do work.

2. What are some forms of energy?

Forms of energy include: light, sound, heat, mechanical and chemical.

3. Where does energy come from?

The Sun is the source of almost all energy on Earth that we use.

4. How did scientists develop the concept of energy?

Scientists arrived at the idea of energy by investigating heat.


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1. Scientific Meanings
of Words


2. Is Energy Real?


3. Use of the Word "Energy"


4. Atoms and Molecules

Toy Car

5. Conservation of Energy


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