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Energy describes the motion and interactions of matter and radiation within a system. Energy is a quantifiable property that is conserved in isolated systems and in the universe as a whole. At the macroscopic scale, energy manifests itself in multiple ways such as in motion, sound, light, and thermal energy. Uncontrolled systems always evolve toward more stable states- that is, toward more uniform energy distribution. Examining the world through an energy lens allows us to model and predict complex interactions of multiple objects within a system and address societal needs.
  • Energy Sources & Use
    The purpose of this lesson is to distinguish between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy; to investigate a variety of renewable energy resources and compare the benefits and drawbacks of each. The recommended readings and activities in this investigation would be most appropriate for fourth or fifth grade students. However, this site provides ample resources for adapting the lesson to a wide variety of reading levels.

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