Lesson 1: What Is Energy?

Wrapping Up


Review the different forms of energy and the difference between kinetic and potential energy.

Life Application

Record all the ways you observe potential and kinetic energy over the course of the rest of the day.

Questions to Discuss

  • What is the formula for determining an amount of work? (work= force x distance)
  • What are the different forms of energy? Can you provide an example of each one? (nuclear, solar, mechanical, sound, light, chemical, magnetic, heat, and electrical)
  • What is the difference between kinetic and potential energy? (kinetic = energy in movement and potential= stored energy)

Things to Review

Review the definitions of energy, potential energy, and kinetic energy. Review the ways energy plays a role in our daily lives.

Special Notes

In the third lesson, your child needs to take a field trip to the local power plant. Begin arranging the field trip now. (Virtual options are also available.)