Can Energy Create Change?

Third Grade Science Lesson

State Standard

Recognize the basic forms of energy (light,sound,heat,electrical, and magnetic) as the ability to cause motion or create change

Class Objectives

-The students will be able to explain what energy is and the different forms of energy.
-The students will be able to explain that when heat is added to paper, the form of the paper changes.


-The teacher will lead a quick class discussion and ask the students what is energy?
-The teacher will show the video, "What is Energy?".
-After the video, the teacher will review what energy is and lead the students in a discussion on the basic forms of energy.
-The teacher will ask students if energy can cause motion or create something to change? After brief discussion the teacher will take responses.


-Before the experiment, the teacher asks each student to write a hypothesis about what they think will happen to the paper when it comes upon heat in their journals.
-Materials needed: paper and a heat source.
-The students will work with partners to perform this experiment.
-First, the students will cut paper into spirals.
-Next, the student will place their paper over heat source and observe what happens to the paper.
-The students will record in their science journals what happened during the experiment.


-After everyone is done with their experiments, the class will come back together to discuss what occurred during the experiment.
-The teacher will ask each group why do they think they got the results that they got from the experiment?


-Now, the students will go back to their groups and write up a quick response to the following question. Would you have the same outcome if you held different materials to the same heat source? Can you think of materials that you would not have the same outcome?


-The students science journals will be taken up for a grade. Each student will be graded on their hypothesis and their response to what happened during the experiment.
-The teacher will also note which students are participating and which students are not participating.

By: Jason Rollins and Tiana Campuzano Gomez