Forms of Energy Review

Creative Communicator, Empowered Learner, Global Collaborator


Boomwriter is an interactive group story and project writing website. Students will assess their knowledge from the content they have already learned. We have chosen forms of energy to use but you may input any content from any subject area that you have studied. The students will log in to their account and click on the assignment. They will write an explanation for the term listed.  Students will also use vocabulary words listed on the side to put into their description.  

This can be used for grades 2-12 if you change the content. This particular lesson is for fourth grade. Simply go to the website and you can sign up for free as a teacher.

To create the books is free but to purchase them there is a cost. Currently, the cost is $12.99 per book in 2022. 

Students will:

  • Be able to use project writer to write and explain, using vocabulary words, what the different forms of energy are.

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Sound Energy: Sound is produced when an object vibrates.  This causes waves of pressure that travel through the air, water, or other matter.

  2. Light Energy: This is a kind of kinetic energy with the ability to make types of light visible to human eyes. It is very quick and travels faster than anything.

  3. Heat Energy: This is the energy an object has because of the movement of its molecules. Heat can be transferred from one object to another. It is also called thermal energy.

  4. Electrical Energy: This is made by the flow of an electric charge through a conductor.

To prepare for this lesson:

  • Go to the website and sign up for free.  

  • Create student accounts either on the website or if students have Gmail, they can simply use the class code to log in. 

  • This website provides you with a tutorial on how to set up student accounts, among other things.

  • Watch the overview video on Project Writer.

    • (Click on the second one ‘How to Create a Project Writer Assignment’.

  • This lesson is a review of the forms of energy that students have already learned (light, sound, heat, electrical).

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

  1. Have students type in their class code to sign up for BoomWriter if you did not already sign them up. 

  2. The teacher will go to the BoomWriter website and select their class. Press the button for New Assignment. Then select Project Writer.

    • Under the title, type in Forms of Energy

    • In blank below that says, “Writing Instruction/Guidelines”, type in Heat Energy in the small box.  

    • Type in the large box, Describe what heat energy is. Use the vocabulary words listed below.

    • The box that says vocabulary - type in the following words for students to use in their writing: conductor, thermal, sun, particles, waves.

    • Click the Add section in the top right corner.

    • Follow the same steps from numbers 4-6 but this time use Light Energy and choose vocab words that you want them to use in their description.  

    • Continue to do the same steps 4-6 with Electrical Energy and Sound Energy.  

    • Click Start and it will take you to your students’ dashboard.

  3. Students can now log in to their own account and begin their assignment. 

  4. You can click on individual students to check their progress and see what students used the vocabulary words given.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • The teacher can actually click on individual student names and it will show how many vocab words the student used in their writing, along with their word count, and what they wrote.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Creative Communicator
6d. Students publish or present content that customizes the message and medium for their intended audiences.

Empowered Learner
1c. Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.

Global Collaborator
7b. Students use collaborative technologies to work with others, including peers, experts or community members, to examine issues and problems from multiple viewpoints.
7c. Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

BoomWriter Website

Extra tutorial videos on set up and other information


Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

4-PS3-2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

Students can learn learn more about Western Expansion and the vocabulary related to it. 

This task card was created by Dawn Phillips, Wyoming Public Schools, January 2020. Updated April 2022.