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    Forms of Energy - Out Teach

    Forms of Energy - Out Teach


    This is a distance-learning lesson students can complete at home.

    The student will explore their outdoor space for different forms of energy including mechanical, electrical, light, thermal and sound energy.

    This activity was created by Out Teach (, a nonprofit providing outdoor experiential learning to transform Science education for students in under-served communities.


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    This is one of Out Teach's outdoor lessons, and we always want to make sure students are safe and responsible when you go outside to learn. Before starting this lesson, ask a grown-up if you can go outside and let them know where you plan to be. Get a grown-up's permission before starting this lesson.  You may need to wait for another time to do this lesson safely. Have your grown-up read through this lesson with you and think about the best way to do it. Everyone's situation is going to be different and that's okay.  Also, look at the supplies list before you begin. We wouldn't want you to have to come back inside for a pencil or a piece of tape.  Have fun learning outside

    Explore your outdoor space. Using your 5 senses and what you know about energy, ask yourself the following questions:

    • What is a form of energy you can see?

    • What is a form of energy you can hear?

    • What is a form of energy you can feel?

    If you can not go outside, look out your window or think about your schoolyard.

    Think and Observe

    Use the acronym, MELTS, to remember the types of energy:

    • M- Mechanical

    • E- Electric

    • L- Light

    • T- Thermal/Heat

    • S- Sound

    Find a weed that needs to be pulled. Pull it out. What type of energy did you use to pull the weed?

    Explore your outdoor space for other examples of energy and record them in a journal or on paper. Make a list and see how many different kinds of energy you observe.

    If you are unable to go outside, take a walk around your inside space and look for examples of each kind of energy


    In this lesson your student will explore their outdoor space for different forms of energy including mechanical, electrical, light, thermal, and sound energy. This will help them understand that energy exists in many different forms and each form has unique characteristics that allow it to be distinguished from the others.

    Read over your child's writing. Discuss with them all the ways in which we use different types of energy every day.

    As an extension on this lesson, you can have your child create a bar graph that shows the different forms of energy they observed. Representing information in a graph is an important practice in science!

    More information on each kind of energy can be found here: Forms and Uses of Energy

    Write About It

    Your student can now write about the different types of energy they noticed when they were outside. If going outside was not possible have them walk around the inside of your home and describe the differents types of energy within it.