I have totally changed the timing and method of instruction. Instead of an “energy” unit (that was actually about renewable and nonrenewable fuels), I will be teaching what matter and energy are and how they relate to everything in the universe as my very first unit, and then as we do water cycles and weather, we will relate back to things like convection currents in the atmosphere and in the ocean.
The Exploring Energy & Matter Collaborative was made possible through Arizona’s Mathematics and Science Partnership. Research was conducted by Magnolia Consulting. For more information about the project, download the Evaluation of the Exploring Energy & Matter Collaborative.
Visit the Teacher Resources page to download assessments (PDF) related to concepts of matter and energy like the Energy for Hawks task, the Massive Air task, and the Food Mind Map task.