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3-PS2-1 Balanced and Unbalanced Forces Lab Stations Activity

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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 3-PS2-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Balanced and Unbalanced Forces Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Compare and contrast balanced and unbalanced forces.
2. Determine the effect of unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.

Science Skills Station
At this station, students will investigate unbalanced and balanced forces. They will conduct a short investigation with a wooden block to determine how unbalanced forces affects the motion of the block. They will also plan and conduct an investigation that explores how balanced and unbalanced forces affect objects with differently masses differently.

Narrative Station
At this station, students will read an informational text about balanced and unbalanced forces. They will answer questions about the information in the text. They will then use the information learned in the text to categorize examples of balanced and unbalanced forces.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to balanced and unbalanced forces. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
At this station, students will create tug-of-war teams so that the teams are equal and balanced. Students will be given a group of scientists. They will have to divide the scientists into teams so that when they participate in tug-of-war, the forces exerted by each team are equal and balanced.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
1 small wooden block
1 large wooden block (larger than the small block but made of same materials)
Piece of cardboard or thin piece of wood
Scale (optional but strongly suggested)
Calculator

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
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Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
29
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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