Friction - Physics Optics - 7 Engaging Lab Stations

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This fully editable Lab Station on Friction is meant to get your students out of their seats and engaged in the content. Each station not only offers a unique opportunity to test your students' knowledge (offer an opinion, answer questions based on a video or reading, draw, etc.), but also provides a fantastic learning opportunity where your kids are learning through assessment. Each station comes with a description card while some also contain more detailed instructions, a reading, questions to answer, etc. Students are equipped with a recording sheet (passport) to write their answers. There is almost no prep for you. Simply print the cards, lay them out around the room and you're all set. An answer key is also provided where applicable.

This lab activity covers:
- Friction
- Types and Causes of Friction
- Application of friction
- Coefficients of friction

If you would like to see exactly what the product offers and why students find it so engaging, please download the Preview. It contains my entire 'Cell and the Cell Theory' Lab Station Activity.


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How do the Lab Stations work? Each station is specially designed to be a unique complement to the material while at the same time, provide a valuable learning experience. Below is an overview of how each station works. In your activity, each will be tailored to the specific content.

Station 1: Get Hands-On – using their creative skills, students are required to draw or build.

Station 2: Research – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must research a specific question/issue surrounding the topic.

Station 3: Explain yourself – students write down an opinion to a question in paragraph form.

Station 4: Rest Station - students can use this time to catch up on work they didn't have time to complete at a previous station or prepare themselves for an upcoming one.

Station 5 - Applicability reading – students read a short passage from an article, website, etc. which directly connects the classroom content to a real life application.

Station 6: Test your knowledge – students answer 5 multiple choice questions then provide a written explanation for how/why they came to their conclusions.

Station 7: Learn from the expert – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must watch a short video clip and answer the associated questions. They may stop, rewind and restart as often as they like during the time frame.

Station 8 - Rest Station.

Station 9: Become the question master – Students must create 2 multiple-choice questions, 2 true/false questions and 1 short answer question. Students must also supply the answers.

You might also be interested in my other lab station activities

Newton's Three Laws of Motion
Kinetic and Gravitational Potential Energy
Current Electricity and Circuit Diagrams
Static Electricity
Light Optics and the Production of Light
Sound, Sound Energy and Speed
One and Two-Dimensional Motion
Uniform Acceleration
How Planes Fly

Cell and the Cell Theory
The Human Digestive System
The Circulatory System
The Human Respiratory System
Mitosis and the Cell Cycle
Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis
Cancer: Cell Division Gone Wrong - Volume I
Cancer: Cell Division Gone Wrong - Volume II
Cell Membrane and Transport
Hearing and the Human Ear
The Human Eye
Genetic Material: DNA and RNA
The Nervous System

Ecology and the Environment:
The Classification of Living Things
Biodiversity and Invasive Species
The Carbon and Water Cycle
Climate Change

Atomic Model, Notation and Atoms
Chemical Reactions and Balancing Equations
Molecular and Ionic Compounds
Physical and Chemical Properties & Changes
Acids, Bases, and Neutralization Reactions
The Periodic Table
Single and Double Displacement Reactions
Balancing Chemical Equations
Synthesis, Decomposition and Combustion Reactions
Atomic Theory, Atomic Structure and Isotopes
Types of Bonds and Intermolecular Forces
The Mole/Avogadro's Number

Space Science:
The Life and Death of Stars
The Moon and its Phases
Life In Space
Our Solar System
Solar and Lunar Eclipse

These station cards are meant to be used as a lab activity but can also be utilized in a review task before a test or a quiz. Used either way, your students will love it! I know mine do and I'm telling you from first-hand experience as I've used this activity in my own class.

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Friction - Physics Optics - 7 Engaging Lab Stations
Friction - Physics Optics - 7 Engaging Lab Stations
Friction - Physics Optics - 7 Engaging Lab Stations