Sample Lessons

The below documents can be downloaded for free. They provide sample lessons and other information to aid in your decision to use Connect Science in your classroom.

The full Connect Science manual is available upon request. Please contact Julie Thomas ( to request access.

Science Lessons

What do you know about Energy and Resources?

  • Students demonstrate what they already know or think they know about energy and resources through different methods of communication.

Exploring Energy Systems

  • Students engage in a hands-on activity to discover evidence of energy and investigate simple energy systems.

Renewable Energy Systems

  • Expanding on material presented in 2.2, students build a model to explore how renewable energy systems work to make electricity.

Building Circuits

  • Students conduct an investigation to design and model simple circuits.

Energy in Power Plant Systems

  • Students role-play to extend learning about electricity production and system models.

Energy from Fossil Fuels

  • Students read informational text and use scientific communication to demonstrate understanding about fossil fuels.

Renewable vs. Non-Renewable Resources

  • Students sort resources into categories (renewable vs. non-renewable) and make a list of problems that need solutions.

Energy for the Future

  • Students review and evaluate evidence about energy resources and plan for the future. Students show respect for diverse perspectives during small group and class discussions.

The Impacts of Single-Use Plastics

  • Students identify potential problems, investigate impacts, and describe policies to make positive changes.

Classroom Energy Audit

  • Students collect and analyze data on energy use and waste and consider potential solutions to energy problems.

Energy Use in Our Daily Lives

  • Students review concepts, reflect on energy use, brainstorm possible solutions to energy waste, create “What Have We Learned” anchor chart.

Energy and Resources RAFT Assessment

  • Students choose a mode of presentation to communicate understanding of key concepts.

SEL and Service-Learning Lessons

active listening

  • Students notice, describe, and use active listening skills. Active listening refers to paying close attention to what other people are saying so they can understand well enough to paraphrase someone else's comments.

giving and receiving feedback

  • Students learn sentence stems that help them to give and positive feedback and constructive criticism respectfully. 

data collection Techniques

  • Students learn about different types of data and decide what data they will collect to measure their impact. 

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