Science of Winter Sports - Middle School Physics STEM - Sledding - Curling- Ski

Grade Levels
6th - 10th
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22 pages
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Teach physics concepts this year through the exhilarating sports of the winter olympics. This NGSS unit is a dive into the sports of Curling, Bobsledding, and Downhill Skiing and includes a research project in which students can investigate the science behind their favorite winter sport. Close reading passages anchor your students learning, supported by graphic organizers and activities to show the properties of motion in action.

Included in this bundle:

- Downhill Skiing Close Reading Passage & Graphic Organizer

- Penny Ski Slope Design Activity Directions & Recording Sheet

- Curling Close Reading Passage & Graphic Organizer

- Penny Curling Game Directions & Recording Sheets

- Bobsledding Close Reading Passage & Graphic Organizer

- Bobsled Race Design Activity Directions & Recording Sheet

- Science of Winter Sports Project Instructions

- Blank Graphic Organizer (to be used with project)

Vocabulary Addressed:

Speed & Velocity



Newton’s 2nd Law


Surface Area

Air/Wind Resistance




Transfer of energy

Potential/Kinetic energy



Cross Cutting Concepts (CCCs):

Patterns, Cause & Effect, Energy & Matter

Science & Engineering Practices (SEPs):

Making Models, Planning & Carrying Out Investigations,

Obtaining, Evaluating, & Communicating Information

Through these activities, students will learn that sporting events are put physics to work on the playing field. Everything from uniforms to equipment are designed to maximize an athletes performance. Mastering these physics concepts leads the athletes to gold.

For individual Science of Winter Sports activities, check out these other resources:

Science of Downhill Skiing Lesson & STEM Activity

Science of Curling Lesson & STEM Activity

Science of Bobsledding Lesson & STEM Activity



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Copyright © 2018 SCIENCEcerely, Me by Erin Hansen

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Total Pages
22 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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