I Need to Charge My Phone!

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This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson covering matter and energy. It is designed to supplement a 12-15 unit middle school science lesson on states of matter and energy transfer while also incorporating social-emotional learning and 21st Century skills and concepts.

Phone Batteries
Electrical charge
Batteries

OVERVIEW:

This FutureFit Project is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 unit lesson for 3rd-5th grade Physical Science by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts (states of matter and energy transfer) with a set of FutureFit social-emotional and 21st Century skills.

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

Students will plan and design a mobile phone charger that uses a source other than AC power to charge the phone's battery.

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

It is suggested that students should have familiarity with the following subject material as background for this lesson:

  • A basic understanding of the states and properties of matter and energy
  • A basic understanding of energy transfer and storage
  • A basic understanding of energy in chemical processes
  • A basic understanding of the role of electrical power in everyday life

SEQUENCE AND PACING

This project-based lesson includes enough material for use in five 45-minutes periods of instruction. If a more focused lesson is appropriate, select the 3-day Short Lesson. The Concept Check version provides activities which reinforce the core math concepts.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (suggested):

  • Internet access

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

These activities support the following NGSS curriculum standards:

  • PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer
  • PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Everyday Life
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