This collection of hands-on activities digs into the concepts behind force, motion, and energy. Use battery-powered and pull-back cars to compare constant and accelerated motion. Learn a new way of graphing to help students see their experimental data turn into a picture. Use models to explore what affects two-dimensional motion and show the parabolic shape it always takes. Observe inertia using dishes, toy cars, and levels. Investigate kinetic and potential energy using marbles and ramps. Gain experience with experimental design as you adjust the launch angle of a simple projectile launcher. All labs can be done qualitatively and many can be done quantitatively.
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Are Your Students Engaged?
Are you looking for a way to engage middle schoolers in their science learning?
Are you eager to see your students become scientists in your classroom?
That's the goal of this course...
Invite students to become scientists in your classroom...
As fellow scientists, they need to learn to
investigate, discover, measure, observe, examine...
These skills take time and repetition.
But repetition can be boring!
That’s where labs come in!
Many of the labs are teaching the same fundamentals
but use different materials to keep things interesting.
What if my students are at different levels?
Ah, differentiation! In my classroom, everyone did the Core Labs (marked by Δ).
These are the labs we talk about in our discussions and they provide
the content for what we test. Extension Labs go deeper or broader
—some are tangents, and some repeat the core concepts for kids who need that.
What if I don’t have time to introduce a lab?
No worries! In my classroom, students worked at their own pace,
so I rarely introduced a lab. I write all of the instructions directly to
the students so you can just print and go.
What if I don’t have time to research the science behind a concept?
I’ve got you covered... Sections in the written instructions and the videos should
answer your questions. Here you’ll also find hints and helps for running an activity.
Additionally, the Teacher Notes sections will give you plenty of background information.
You won’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.
Each lesson has two parts...
1. Video instructions which include:
❑ a demonstration of the activity
❑ extensions for students who want to dig deeper
❑ hints and strategies for preparing each lesson
2. Written instructions which include:
❑ list of materials
❑ straight-forward directions
❑ questions and writing prompts
❑ explanations for the students and teacher
☆ straight-forward without being simplistic
☆ written to students; designed to be print-and-go.
☆ watch experiments; read directions; access background information.
❖ Historical Connections
❖ Bible Study
❖ Artistic Connection
Concepts and Topics Addressed:
♦ Observing inertia using dishes and toy cars
♦ Investigating kinetic and potential energy using marbles and ramps
♦ Using models to explore two dimensional motion
♦ Determining that launch angle affects distance in projectile motion
♦ Designing experiments based on investigations
The following resources are part of this bundle and can be purchased separately:
⭐ Constant Motion in 1 Dimension | Investigation in Motion and Graphing
⭐ Newton’s Laws of Motion: 2nd Law--Acceleration | Motion and Graphing Lab
⭐ Potential and Kinetic Energy Lab | A Projectile Motion Experiment
⭐ Video: Newton’s Second Law: Acceleration Investigation in Motion and Graphing
⭐ Motion in Two Dimensions | Projectile Motion Experiments
⭐ Newton’s First Law: Inertia | 3 Investigations
⭐ Video: Graphing without Numbers (or Graph Paper)
⭐ Video: Motion in Two Dimensions 2D Projectile Motion Experiments
PLUS videos and resources that are not sold separately and are exclusive to this bundle
There are specific Answer Keys along with extensive teacher notes to address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to.
Scaffolded writing prompts and lab reports
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