Lesson - Class Write Around


Title: Class Write Around

Grade: 5th Grade

Duration: 30 Minutes



Science: SC.5.P.10.1
Investigate and describe some basic forms of energy, including chemical, electrical,electromagnetic, heat, light, mechanical, nuclear, solar, and sound energy.

Language Arts: LAFS.5.RI.3.7
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.


The following activity will be used as a formative assessment to gauge students’ prior knowledge about energy forms. It can also be used to clear up any misconceptions they may have about energy.

Essential Questions

  • What is energy?
  • Why is it important to have different forms of energy?


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Background Information

Energy is the ability to do work. It gives us light and heat and provides us with electricity that enables us to cook our food, operate machinery, and move from one place to another. There a many forms of energy and they may be transformed (changed) from one form to another.

Forms of Energy:

  • Chemical Energy
  • Electrical Energy
  • Thermal (Heat) Energy
  • Light Energy
  • Mechanical Energy
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Sound Energy
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Guiding Questions

  • What is energy?
  • How is energy used?
  • In what ways is kinetic energy different from potential energy?
  • What are the forms of energy and what is the impact it has on our daily lives?
  • What are some sources of chemical energy?
  • What happens to the flow of electricity if the circuit I opened?
  • What happens when an object gains or transfers heat?
  • What is our main source of light energy?
  • How is mechanical energy different from the other forms of energy?
  • How does nuclear energy work?
  • Do the pros of nuclear energy outweigh the risks?
  • How do sound waves through different mediums?

Inquiry Type

  • Structured Inquiry/Class-Write Around

Teacher Resources

Introduction to Forms of Energy – Class Write Around

In this activity, the teacher will have the following 3 questions circulating through out the classroom:

  • What is energy?
  • How is energy used?
  • What are the forms of energy and what is the impact it has on our daily lives?

The questions should be written the top of a chart paper (at least 20 x 30 inches). Teachers can also divide their boards and have the students take turns writing their responses on the board. This strategy is used to generate multiple answers for each question. Teachers can modify the activity to meet their students’ needs.


  • Chart Paper (at least 20 x 30 inches recommended)
  • Markers


  1. Place students in groups of 3-6 people. Since there are 3 questions, there should be 3 groups.
  2. Each group will be given a question. Students will have 10-15 seconds to think of the sentence or topic.
  3. The first member in the group will have 15-30 seconds to answer the question.
  4. After the time is up, the student will pass the paper to the next member in their group.
  5. Then, about 30 seconds should be given for them to read over what is written on the paper.
  6. The second member will then starts to respond to the question. They may also clarify, add, or summarize information on the paper (30 seconds to a 1 minute should be given).
  7. The paper should then be passed onto the next group member, and the process repeated until every group member has had a chance to respond to all 3 questions.

After the activity, post the charts and have students read the paper aloud to hear new information about the topic. Have a teacher-led discussion to clarify any misunderstandings that may have been encountered throughout the activity. This activity can also be done at the end of the lesson as a review.

Extension Activity

This activity can be used after assessing prior knowledge.


Have students remain in their groups.

Pass out NEED forms of energy posters or have students access them on a computer. Have them read the posters and discuss what additional information they can add to the charts.