MS-PS2-4 Gravitational Force Relationships Lab Stations Activity

MS-PS2-4 Gravitational Force Relationships 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 MS-PS2-4. 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.

Gravitational Force Relationships Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Argue that gravitational force is an attractive force.
2. Argue that gravitational interactions depend on the masses of interacting objects.
3. Explain how the strength of gravity varies with distance from a massive object.
3. Calculate an object’s weight on Earth and other planets.
4. Describe the relationship between gravity, mass and weight.

Science Skills Station
Students will graph the mass versus gravity (gravitational acceleration). They will determine the relationship between the mass of an object (specifically, celestial objects in the solar system) and the gravity exerted by that object. Students will also calculate their weight on different planets. From this data, they will determine the relationship between the mass of interacting objects, gravity and weight.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informative text about gravity and answers questions about ideas and concepts in that text. Using the information in the text, students will evaluate two diagrams. They will determine which diagram correctly illustrates gravity exerted by celestial objects in the solar system.

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

Problem-Solving Station
Students will apply scientific ideas about gravity and weight to identify and discuss problems that could arise if changes to mass and/or distance of celestial objects in the solar system changed.

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:
Graph Paper
2+ Calculators
1 Computer or Tablet (suggested but not required)

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
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

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 30% with the Forces and Motion Lab Stations Bundle
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Total Pages
28 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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