This is a fun lab activity that I do with my 8th grade physical science, however that activity can be altered to fit your specific age group. Students, in pairs, will cross a gym using a variety of methods and determine the speed for each. The worksheet (4 pages total), follows the scientific method. Students will complete the background knowledge (guided questions provided), develop a hypothesis with independent and dependent variables, using the materials provided make a step-by-step procedure and then produce a data table and graph based on their results. These results will then be analyzed through a series of questions, and finally, an opportunity for them to share what they have learned in the conclusion.
In my class, I have them cross the gym by walking, running, skipping, and using a wheel chair. It's a word document, so you are welcome to alter it to better fit your class, depending on what materials you have for them to use. For example, instead of a wheel chair, students could use a scooter or hop on one leg.
Students will also need access to graph paper and Google maps. There is an extension activity where the students will find how long it will take them to get home from school using the different methods of motion in the lab.
This activity will take at least 3 days to complete, possibly 3 if the first day is spent preparing for the lab. The second day would then be used to complete the procedure and record results. Day 3 would be used for the analysis and conclusion.