Engage your students in scientific argument with this interactive document. Formatted to use the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning (CER) process to allow students to explain natural phenomena in a way that is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), this resource focuses on an interactive layered animation. Layered animations provide students with full control over the variable of time while being able to hide or reveal other useful modeling tools.
This animation looks at Galileo's incline plane experiment and how he came up with his Odd Number Rule for falling objects. Students can choose to track the object and show or hide a position vs. time graph and a velocity vs. time graph.
Download this document and open it using any standard web browser (ex. Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari). As a web-based document it will work on any device connected to the internet (ex. Mac, PC, Tablets). It can also be transferred by thumb drive or email attachment. One download of this document is intended for the use in one classroom with as many copies as necessary – do not post online. To operate the animation, slide the bar at the bottom of the animation to control time and use the check boxes to hide or show additional layers. Students can rewrite any of the text in the text-boxes and resize the boxes for more space if needed. At the bottom of the page there is space for the student to type their name. Also at the bottom is a print button which allows students to print a paper copy of their response, or if your classroom is paperless, print as a PDF. Keep in mind that the default format allows this document to be a one-pager. Resizing the text-boxes may expand the print to a multi-page document. Printing the document is the only way to capture and save student responses. Refreshing the page will reset the document to its original form and any changes will not be saved.