Activity Overview

With so many different types of energy, it can be hard for students to grasp them all. Using a spider map, students will identify and provide an example of each different type of energy. This will help them differentiate between each form, and serve as both in introductory activity and a reference for the rest of the unit.

Types of Energy

  • Kinetic Energy
  • Sound Energy
  • Thermal Energy
  • Chemical Energy
  • Electrical Energy
  • Gravitational Energy
  • Light Energy
  • Elastic Potential
  • Nuclear Energy
  • Magnetic Energy

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of energy by giving examples of where these different forms of energy can be found.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Replace "Term" with a form of energy. Add more cells as needed.
  3. Use images and photos to show examples of where the forms of energy can be found.
  4. Add a short description underneath.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [SCI-4-PS3-1] Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
  • [SCI-4-PS3-2] Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
  • [SCI-4-PS3-3] Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.


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Forms of Energy
Write a description of the type of energy and create visualizations.
25 Points
13 Points
0 Points
There are a range of correct examples.
There are some correct examples.
There aren't many correct examples
There are at least four images that represent each energy type.
There are at least two images that represent each energy type.
There are at least one image that represents each energy type.
All the energy types have a clear description which contains good scientific vocabulary.
Most of the energy types have a clear description.
Some of the energy types have a clear description.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

Image Attributions
  • 24 Hours of LeMons - Sonoma Raceway, December 2013 • bshamblen • License Attribution (
  • Boiling Water • Skakerman • License Attribution (
  • Bungee jump ride • runneralan2004 • License Attribution (
  • Fisheye Times Square • m01229 • License Attribution (
  • Lightning • snowpeak • License Attribution (
  • Magnet • Sean MacEntee • License Attribution (
  • music trio • limaoscarjuliet • License Attribution (
  • Nuclear Explosion Fantasy • Maxwell Hamilton • License Attribution (
  • run • brettlohmeyer • License Attribution (
  • Skydiving! • Greg Palmer • License Attribution (
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