Teaching Energy for Deeper Understanding

A two-day session

Audience: Teachers, instructional specialists, and coaches

Grade-level focus: 3–5 and 6–8

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Energy is an integral part of our everyday lives, but it is an abstract concept that can be difficult to understand and teach. In this session, you will deepen your understanding of energy, focusing on energy in living and nonliving systems, the difference between energy and forces, tracking energy transfer, and different ways to represent complex scientific ideas. You will engage in a series of inquiry-based investigations designed to challenge your current understanding of energy, and you will use scientific argumentation to make sense of the science.

You will receive a copy of Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6–8, a teacher resource created by respected education nonprofit WestEd. The content addressed in this session is directly connected to the science TEKS content standards on Force, Motion, and Energy and Matter and Energy.

While the resource is written for Grades 6–8, it has been used to deepen the science content knowledge of teachers from kindergarten through high school.