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Energy Unit Parent Letter

on 14th January 2019

Dear Family Member,

Your student’s class is studying the unit “Energy.”

The learning experiences in this unit prepare students for the mastery of the following Performance Expectations:

  •    Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.
  •    Develop a model to describe that when the arrangement of objects interacting at a distance changes, different amounts of potential energy are stored in the system.

As students work towards success with these Performance Expectations, they will learn about more than just science content. They will practice developing and using models as well as analyzing and interpreting data. They will also explore how scale, proportion, and quantity as well as systems and system models play roles in many areas of science.

To stay up to date with our progress, ask often about what’s happening in science class.

To extend the learning at home, activities you and your student can do together include:

  •    Visit or research a hydroelectric dam. Learn about how the energy in the water is transformed into electrical energy.
  •    Explore the components of a refrigerator. Identify the different systems and system boundaries of a refrigerator. With your student, trace the flow of energy into and out of the systems and within each system.
  •    Find a design for a perpetual motion machine. Build the machine if possible. Analyze the source(s) of energy in the system and any inputs or outputs of energy from the machine.

There are also many exciting online resources available for HMH Science Dimensions™, including digital lessons, interactive simulations, and more. Login information is available.

Thank you for your time and interest. Your participation in your student’s education is a sure way to encourage learning!


Mrs. V. McClure

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