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Energy | NGSS

Energy | NGSS

Issues and Science, Third Edition, Redesigned for the NGSS

How can people manipulate energy transfer and transformation to use energy more efficiently?

Students learn about the transfer and transformation of energy in their everyday lives. They plan and carry out investigations and analyze and interpret data from experiments to investigate how energy is transferred and transformed. They also engage in engineering challenges to design and test devices to maximize and minimize energy transfer.

Students generate and answer questions such as: Why are some devices more efficient than others? What can people do to reduce energy use? How can people manipulate energy transfer and transformation to use energy more efficiently?

Details at a Glance

  • 5-7 Weeks | ~50 minute class periods
  • 15 Activities
  • Accommodates 5 classes, each with 8 groups of 4 students
  • Consumables service 160 students
  • Includes Spanish student materials
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • Includes digital resources
  • Developed in partnership with SEPUP & The Lawrence Hall of Science
  • Includes assessment

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Evidence of Alignment

Issues and Science was developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science in response to the need for high quality, three dimensional, phenomena driven curriculum. Quick details from this unit: 

  • Anchoring phenomenon: Some energy transfers and transformations are more efficient than others. When a device uses energy, some of the energy is changed into a form that is not useful. This “wasted” energy reduces the efficiency of the device.
  • Investigative phenomena within the 15 activities connect content to the unit issue, How can people manipulate energy transfer and transformation to use energy more efficiently?
  • This unit builds towards and assesses Performance Expectations (PE) PS3-3, PS3-4, PS3-5, MS-ETS1-4.

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Program Components

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What comes with my unit materials?

The complete equipment package includes all the equipment needed to teach the activities and one license for our online teacher portal.

Equipment for all Unit Activities

Includes a mobile storage cart and a complete set of materials for 17 units of study. Our complete equipment package supports up to 5 classes of 32 students.

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Online Teacher Portal License

Online Teacher Portal access for one teacher for 7 years, which includes: Spanish versions, LABsent, editable PowerPoints, Teacher Edition, Student Book, and supplemental resources.

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What are the options for student access?

Student access is not included in the Complete Equipment Package to keep purchasing options flexible. You have the option of purchasing printed student books, online student access, or both.

Student Book

Additional $34.50 per book

Hardbound, high-quality student books are designed to last the length of an adoption for use year after year. Unlike a traditional texbook, the Student Book does not provide science content through reading and questions. Instead students are encouraged to question, investigate, and analyze in each of the heavily field-tested activities. 

Online Student Portal License

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The online student portal is optional but highly recommended. Here students will find access to Remote Learning Activities in case of an absence, support tools like ReadSpeaker with translation, and can have direct communication with the teacher (for schools who want this feature).

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Additional Unit Materials

If you need hard copies or additional supplies, we provide a suite of materials designed to supplement and support your complete package.

  • #SLN-1
    Lab-Aids Science Lab Notebook
    The Science Lab Notebook is blank and can be used with any unit or program. 160 pages, each featuring GraphAnywhere, which allows data tables and graphs to be drawn quickly, and a format that helps organization of labs and notes.
    Printed Teacher Edition
    A printed Teacher Edition is the perfect complement to the Online Teacher Portal. Full-color pages in a tabbed, three-ring binder make it easy to personalize with highlighting, annotations, rearrangements, and insertions.
    Spanish Student Book | Hardcover

    The Spanish Student Book guides students in exploring a socio-science issue and connected phemonena through a series of varied activity types. Activity types use one of twelve different instructional strategies to apply Science and Engineering Practices to specific Disciplinary Core Ideas and Cross Cutting Concepts.

    SEPUP's integrated literacy strategies help students...

  • #SMS-ENE-3HD
    Hands-On@Home | Energy Deluxe Package
    Hands-on@Home deluxe material sets for individual student use, at home or in a distanced classroom.
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    Hands-On@Home | Energy Basic Package
    Hands-on@Home basic material sets for individual student use, at home or in a distanced classroom.

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