Boost student engagement and tie in literacy and STEM concepts using these 4 Reading & Writing Activities for Roller Coaster Physics: Thrill Ride Review, Ride Accident Research, Roller Coaster Safety, and Roller Coaster History.
I always find my students to be most engaged when I use roller coasters and amusement park rides to teach them about work, energy, and circular motion.
This collection of links, articles, writing prompts, and worksheets works well if you're looking to pique student interest with real-world applications. It can also be used to address engineering and technology ideas and incorporate reading, writing, summarization, and research components into your Physics units.
This PDF by Hoop There It Is includes:
Thrill Ride Review prompt and links (pg. 2)
Ride Accident Research prompt and link (pg. 3)
Roller Coaster Safety links (pg. 4)
Roller Coaster Safety article (pg. 5-6)
Roller Coaster Safety letter writing prompt (pg. 7)
Roller Coaster Safety worksheet (pg. 8)
Roller Coaster History links (pg. 9)
Roller Coaster History article (pg. 10-15)
Roller Coaster History 3-2-1 writing prompt (pg. 16)
Roller Coaster History worksheet (pg. 17-18)
These can also be handy to use as plug-and-play activities for sub plans!