Christmas Energy Science Lesson

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Energy is required for all activities.  Santa and his reindeer require energy too.  This fun worksheet will allow students to think about kinetic and potential energy while thinking about everyone’s favorite December topic – Christmas.  Students are given different scenarios and are able to consider the key concepts of kinetic energy or something in motion versus potential energy where action could occur if there was a force applied.  Let’s hop aboard Santa’s sleigh ride and travel around the world. 

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Teaching and Learning About Energy With The New York Times

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The damage done to Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant by the tsunami has raised pressing concerns, both about the impact of the plant’s failure as well as how it will affectenergy policyin theUnited Statesand around the world.

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In light of all this and more, here are lesson plans and other teaching and learning resources on various forms of energy and issues related to its consumption and conservation.

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