Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 15 - 20 min

Topic: Expression, Instruction, Science, Energy

Grade Level: 6, 7, 8

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will show two objects interacting and explain the transfer of energy through illustrations and captions.

Know Before You Start: Students should be familiar with at least one type of energy.


  • Ask students:
    • “What are some examples of energy?”
    • “How can we show what energy is?”
    • “Why is it important to be able to communicate about science?”


  • As a class, have students discuss forms of energy based on their grade level understanding, e.g., heat, light, kinetic, potential, etc.
  • Have students discuss different ways to illustrate energy.
  • As a class or in small groups, create a comic that shows energy, so students have an example.
  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a comic illustrating a form of energy of their choice.


  • Have students share their comics with the class or in small groups.
  • Have students explain why they chose that form of energy.
  • Discuss why science vocabulary like energy is important.
  • Emphasize that understanding science vocabulary helps for future science classes and also for understanding how scientific topics apply to real life.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to work in pairs or groups as needed.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to choose the form of energy they wish to share to allow for grade-level differences.
  • Allow students to use digital dictionaries/translators as appropriate for your class policy.


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