Nuts About Energy

 Author: Becki M. Campanaro

AreaPhysical Sciences 

 Grade Level: 10-12, also can be adapted to lower grades 



This lesson developed from a close partnership between my partner teacher and myself. It was her request that I develop a lesson to be included in a unit on Energy. We worked together pulling our experiences and resources resulting in the final product seen here. This lesson was used in a core high school chemistry class consisting of students from grades 10 through 12, but it could easily be adapted to be used in lower grades.



1.1.2 – Develop questions from observations that transition into testable hypotheses.

1.1.3 – Formulate a testable hypothesis.

1.2.2 – Identify the resources needed to conduct an investigation.

1.2.3 – Design an appropriate protocol (written plan of action) for testing a hypothesis.

1.3.7 – Propose further investigations based on the findings of a conducted investigation.

1.4.2 – Produce graphs that communicate data

1.4.3 – Communicate results clearly and logically

1.4.4 – Support conclusions with logical scientific arguments

5.3.1 – Describe the following ways in which energy is stored in a system: mechanical,

electrical, chemical, nuclear.

5.3.3 – Recognize that energy is conserved in a closed system.

5.3.4 – Calculate quantitative relationships associated with the conservation of energy.

5.3.6 – Distinguish between heat and temperature.

5.5.1 – Describe various ways in which matter and energy interact.


 Keywords: Energy, calorimetry, food chemistry, nutrition, thermodynamics

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 Lesson Plan (pdf / doc)