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# Inertia & Newton's First Law of Motion Lab Stations Activity

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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 does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements concepts related to other NGSS. This lab combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Newton's 1st Law and Inertia Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Discuss Newton’s First Law of Motion
2. Apply Newton’s First Law of Motion to explain inertia.
3. Apply ideas about inertia to explain how seatbelts keep a person secure inside a vehicle during a collision.

Science Skills Station
Students will graph the stopping distance for a vehicle as the speed of the vehicle increases. They will analyze the graph in order to explain how an object’s inertia changes as its motion changes.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about inertia and answer questions about the text. Students will also a short video about inertia and apply ideas about these concepts to explain what is happening in the video.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to Newton’s First Law of Motion and inertia. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
At this station, students will identify problems, analyze solution and pose possible better solutions to keep people safe inside a vehicle during a car crash. Students will watch a video about car crashes and the use of seatbelts and airbags. Students will evaluate the use of seatbelts and airbags. They will propose solutions that could better keep a driver and passengers safe inside a car during a car crash.

Synthesis Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to best summarize the information in this lab. In the directed project, students will employ the engineering design process to design, build and test a safety device that keeps an egg safe during a collision (“car crash”). Students will use household materials or materials provided by the teacher to build a car and safety device inside the car. Students can manipulate the design of the car and safety device with the goal of preventing the egg from breaking during a car crash.

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

Graph Paper
3 Computers

If performing the directed synthesis project in class you will also need cardboard, buttons, straws, coffee stirrers, newspaper, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, rubber bands, tape or other adhesive and eggs

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
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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