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Grade 7/8 Forces and Structures Unit

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This is a Forces and Structures unit that I used in my Grade 7/8 Class for five years.

It includes a 38 page reproducible student booklet:

~An introductory tower building activity
~A follow up reflection
~Bill Nye Structures Video T-chart
~Identifying Structures Activity (well-known structures)
~Notes covering Solid, Frame, Shell and Combination Structures
~Knowledge in Action – Identifying the types of structures from the Identifying
Structures Activity
~Structures in Nature intro activity
~Comparing Natural and Manmade Structures
~Frame, Shell or Solid Project (You have been chosen by your engineering firm to
enter the MARS project to create the new POD housing they will use when they
colonize this far off planet. You must design a structural blueprint, label it, and in
7 to 12 sentences explain why your structure would make safe and comfortable
homes for those moving onto the planet. )
~ Center of Gravity notes
~Gravity Exploration Activity
~Leaning Tower of Pisa video notes: fill in the blank
~Center of Gravity in a Tower
~Leaning Tower of Pisa Notes (why did the structure fail, building challenges)
~Finding my center of gravity student activity
~Looking at Force Diagrams and Stability
~Friction Bill Nye Crossword
~Friction Lab Walk Through
~Internal and External Forces Guided Notes
~Recognizing Forces (compression, tension, shear, torsion)
~External Forces Guided Notes
~Newton’s Three Laws Guided Notes
~Stress Fatigue and Failure (Looking the collapse of the three towers using video
sources and guided noes)
~Looking at the Collapse of Bridges Intro
~Notes on Quebec Bridge, Bridges of Kobe, Second Narrows Bridge, Hyatt
Regency Walkway, Tacoma Narrows Bridge
~Bridge Collapse Review Questions
~Beam and Girder Bridges
~Spaghetti Bridge Building and rubric

As well as a Teacher Resource Booklet that includes all applicable answer keys, video links, guided note instructions, and activity lead ins.

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