Energy Transformations Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of energy transformations. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Energy Transformations 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Energy Transformations Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.


The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.


After completing the Energy Transformations 5E Lesson, students will be able to demonstrate energy transformations such as energy in a flashlight battery changing from chemical energy to electrical energy to light energy.


Distance-Learning Ready

The Energy Transformations Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.


Students will observe different energy transformations through a variety of household objects.


The Energy Transformations Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks,
hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.


Distance-Learning Ready

Sub Plans


The Energy Transformations Sub Plan is a complete lesson that takes students through a warm-up, reading passage, independent activity, extension activities, and an assessment.

The worksheets are designed to make your sub day a breeze for you, your students, and the substitute teacher. They are also perfect for distance learning.



Distance-Learning Ready


Energy Transformations Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about energy transformations. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Energy Transformations Escape Room is an immersive experience for your students. It allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of energy and how it can transform from one type to another.

Students must use what they have learned, including to demonstrate energy transformations; to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system; to determine the relationships among the energy transferred; and the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample to complete the escape room. 


Distance-Learning Ready


Year-Round Resources


These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.


Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the energy transformations unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • How can you demonstrate energy transformations?
Standards
  • MS PS1-4 - Develop a model that predicts and describes changes in particle motion, temperature, and state of a pure substance when thermal energy is added or removed 
  • MS PS1-6 - Undertake a design project to construct, test, and modify a device that either releases or absorbs thermal energy by chemical processes
  • MS PS3-4 - Plan an investigation to determine the relationships among the energy transferred, the type of matter, the mass, and the change in the average kinetic energy of the particles as measured by the temperature of the sample
  • TEKS Science 6.9 C - Demonstrate energy transformations such as energy in a flashlight battery changes from chemical energy to electrical energy to light energy
  • TEKS Science 7.7 A - Illustrate the transformation of energy within an organism such as the transfer from chemical energy to thermal energy

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