Sources of Energy Unit


Want to save time planning your renewable and nonrenewable energy lessons and have access to resources that students love? This Sources of Energy Unit comes with detailed lesson plans, worksheets, hands-on activities, assessments, and much more! PDF and digital activities are included.

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Sources of Energy Unit

Are you struggling to find resources and activities for teaching sources of energy? You’ve come to the right place! These Sources of Energy Unit provide everything you need! Save time planning and your students will love completing the hands-on activities found in this unit.

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What will students investigate with this Sources of Energy Unit?

  • The similarities and differences between renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy
  • How renewable and nonrenewable energy sources can be used to create electricity
  • How fossil fuels are formed and why they are considered nonrenewable resources
  • The advantages and disadvantages of renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy
  • Data that shows trends in human energy consumption
  • Personal energy consumption and ways to conserve energy

This Sources of Energy Unit also comes with one bonus lesson about the sun’s energy. The information from this bonus lesson is not included on the assessment found in this unit, but this lesson provides some additional hands-on activities that can be used to reinforce the concepts listed above.

What comes in this unit?

  • 9 Worksheets
  • 4 Entry/exit tickets
  • 2 Sorts and foldables
  • 2 Research-based projects
  • 2 Close Reading Passages with Comprehension Questions
  • 1 Test
  • Lots of engaging, hands-on activities
  • 2 Sets of Word Wall Cards: One set of word wall cards with pictures and another set with only the term on each card. 14 word wall cards total.
  • 1 Timeline of Suggested Activities: Provides a timeline for using the activities and experiments included within this set and provides links to websites featuring videos of concepts being taught.
  • Answer keys

What are key terms used throughout the unit?

  • Energy
  • Renewable Energy
  • Nonrenewable Energy
  • Fossil Fuel
  • Natural Resource
  • Consumption
  • Conservation

Are digital resources included?

Some worksheets and the test within this unit are also included in a digital format and can be shared with students using your Google Drive.

When you purchase this product, you will be given access to a link that will allow you to open the file in Google Slides. You’ll then share that file with your students. The slides can be printed and adapted for students who prefer to answer the questions by hand. You can also view and print a student’s completed version of the slides.

What standards are covered?

These sources of energy lesson plans closely align with most science standards related to teaching energy sources. They are also aligned with both the 2010 and 2018 Virginia science SOLs. They are aligned with science SOL 3.11 if using the 2010 standards and science SOL 5.9 if using the 2018 standards.

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Want to save money?

This Sources of Energy Unit is included in my 5th Grade Science Unit Bundle for a discounted price!

Don’t Miss Out!

These lesson plans are perfect for if you have to teach sources of energy and are low on planning time or have no idea where to begin! Students will also have fun learning the information as they complete all of the activities!


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