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Water and Energy (18 activities)

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Energy Basics, Water


An inquiry-based curriculum that introduces students to the properties of water and using water as an energy source with the following activities:

  • You and Your Energy
  • Energy Introduction
  • Tracing Energy's Origin
  • Potential and Kinetic Energy
  • Introducing Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • Investigating Solids
  • Investigating Liquids
  • Investigating Gases
  • Introducing Water as a Solid, Liquid, and Gas
  • Introducing Water
  • Ice Cube Investigation
  • Ice Cube Conclusion
  • Demonstration - Waters as a Gas
  • Concluding Solids, Liquids, and Gases
  • Waterwheel Preparation
  • Waterwheel Investigation
  • Hydropower Plants
  • Unit Conclusion

Science, Social Studies, Language Arts

Plan Time

Four weeks of 20-45 minutes lessons and investigations


Handouts and other materials needed detailed within curriculum guide.


Standards are listed at the beginning of the curriculum guide.


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Lesson Plans/Activity

Water and Energy (18 activities): Teacher Guide
Water and Energy (18 activities): Student Guide