Teach students all about kinetic and potential energy, as well as energy transformation, through the lens of roller coasters! This bundle includes various activities, internet activities, readings and labs that will expose students to these concepts and allow them to practice them in a hands-on, engaging manner.
Included in the bundle is the following, which can be purchased individually at The Science Fair
PE and KE Web Exploration
Introducing students to kinetic and potential energy? This web exploration allows students to explore kinetic and potential energy through the lens of roller coasters. The web exploration, presented on Padlet, features videos, animations, pictures, text and a simulation. Easy to follow and fun to interact with, it is a great way to get students thinking about KE, PE and energy conservation. As always, a link to the Padlet is included in the document.
Potential vs. Kinetic Energy Lab
Students will be able to investigate how changing the mass of an object and the height of a ramp impacts both kinetic and potential energy through an interactive experiment. Students will be asked to follow the scientific method by writing a hypothesis, collecting data and drawing conclusions. The lab includes scaffolded writing supports which can be removed or elaborated upon for different levels. The setup is easy for teachers and impactful on student understanding!
Roller Coaster Builder Exit Slip
Use a free Disney roller coaster builder with your students to allow them to practice building roller coasters and explore how kinetic and potential energy work in constructing crazy coasters. Students will sketch a design of their coaster after working with the coaster builder online, draw KE vs. PE graphs and explain the relationship between the two forms of energy. As always, the link to the Disney roller coaster builder is included. No need to purchase the program, the free trial is perfect for a class activity!
PE, KE and Energy Transformation Quiz Review
Use this assignment to review for a quiz on potential and kinetic energy, as well as energy conservation and PE vs. KE graphs. Students can work on the questions in pairs or individually but I prefer to play a Trashball review game with students in teams to increase engagement, boost retention and have fun with the material. The document includes a space for students to answer and then revise their answers if needed.
PE, KE and Energy Transformation Quiz
This quiz reviews potential energy, kinetic energy and energy conservation through the lens of roller coasters. Students are asked to identify and define each concept and apply the concepts to real-life situations. The quiz can be easily modified for different levels of learners. The assessment corresponds with the content reviewed in the (free!) PE, KE and Energy Conservation Quiz Review posted in the store as well.
Roller Coaster Builder Research Organizer
As a way to explore energy conservation and the ideas of PE and KE, my unit summative was always to have students build a paper roller coaster! This organizer links to a Padlet with several different sources about building roller coasters, how they work and how they are designed. Students pull out information from various articles and ultimately, synthesize their understanding to create a "must have" list, which will aid in their construction of their roller coaster later.
Virtual Roller Coaster Builder Lab
Students explore how to build roller coasters using the concepts of potential and kinetic energy. They will have to determine the correct design that creates a fun and safe roller coaster. A great way to prepare for creating paper coaster, students will enjoy the game-ification of these scientific concepts while practicing the scientific method and applying their understanding of energy conservation! As always, the link to the virtual coaster game is included in the lab!
Roller Coaster Builder KE and PE Summative Lab
Students will put their understanding of kinetic and potential energy, as well as energy transformation, to the test by building, testing and evaluating their very own paper roller coaster! This activity is meant as a summative lab for a unit on KE, PE, and energy transformation and can be modified based on your grade level. The activity is super hands-on, lets students get really creative and practice working in groups. Highly recommended by teachers and students!
Roller Coaster PE and KE Homework Bundle
Use these homework assignments to reinforce and support students' understanding of kinetic and potential energy through the lens of roller caosters. Included are five different assignments that include a close read about roller coaster design, practice calculation of KE and PE, application assignments and a guided SAT practice assignment. Can be used for classwork as well!