Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 5

In this unit you will explore forms of energy and how energy is transferred and transformed.

You will also learn about renewable and non-renewable energy sources, especially ones we use for fuel, heat, and electricity.

For the final project, you will examine how you can take steps to encourage energy conservation in your home and community.

Other Items You May Need

The Age 11-13 semester 2 science units require materials from the Semester 2 Science Kit.
$110.00 #817 Age 11-13 - Semester 2 - Science Kit


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh grade.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Energy and Matter (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Energy Transfer (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Electricity (3 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Radiant Energy
  • Lesson 5: More Renewable Power Sources
  • Lesson 6: Nuclear Power
  • Lesson 7: Fossil Fuels and Biomass
  • Lesson 8: Powering Our World (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Energy Conservation (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Build a model of the wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum. (Science)
  • Build a model to demonstrate controlled and uncontrolled nuclear reactions. (Science)
  • Build a working electromagnet. (Science)
  • Compare and contrast different sources of energy. (Science)
  • Define radiant energy and know that it has many names. (Science)
  • Demonstrate the use of a solar panel to power a device. (Science)
  • Describe how electricity is generated in power plants using various sources of energy. (Science)
  • Describe the formation of fossil fuels. (Science)
  • Determine the flow of energy in a system. (Science)
  • Develop understanding of the relationship between matter and energy in the environment. (Science)
  • Differentiate between current and static electricity. (Science)
  • Evaluate information for relationships associated with energy transfer and/or transformation. (Science)
  • Examine a model to understand the functions of a power grid. (Science)
  • Examine models to build an understanding of the characteristics of energy transfer and/or transformation. (Science)
  • Identify whether energy is being transferred or transformed. (Science)
  • Investigate and determine proof of the existence of energy in the environment. (Science)
  • Know that all objects emit electromagnetic radiation. (Science)
  • Know that electricity is a movement of charged particles. (Science)
  • Model the process of generating electricity through electromagnetic induction. (Science)
  • Recognize evidence for the existence of energy in the environment. (Science)
  • Recognize the difference between nuclear fusion and nuclear fission. (Science)
  • Understand that electrical and magnetic fields are related, and that one can be used to create the other. (Science)
  • Understand that in a solar panel, visible light is used to trigger the movement of electrons, which are then harnessed as electrical current. (Science)
  • Understand that matter and energy are not created or destroyed. (Science)
  • Understand the difference between a source of energy and a form of energy. (Science)
  • Understand the transfer of energy in a system. (Science)
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