Understanding and Teaching Energy (grades K–8)

A two-day session


  • Teachers
  • Instructional specialists and coaches

To help students learn science at the increasing level of rigor called for in the state standards and assessed on STAAR, science educators must continue to deepen their understanding of science content.

Though energy is an integral part of our everyday lives, it can be an abstract concept that is difficult to understand and teach. This session is designed to deepen your understanding of the forms of energy, energy transfer, and conservation of energy.

In this session, a team of trained Dana Center facilitators will lead you through key aspects of a rich teacher resource created by respected education nonprofit WestEd: Making Sense of SCIENCE: Energy for Teachers of Grades 6–8.

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. The resource focuses on such things as the difference between energy and matter, systems, tracking energy transfer, and the different ways to represent complex scientific ideas.

In this session, you will engage in a series of inquiry-based investigations and will learn to use scientific argumentation to make sense of the science of energy. Each participant will receive a copy of the book Making Sense of Science: Energy.