This zip file contains the following:
- a 40 page packet with a graphic organizer/guiding template to help students begin to understand and answer questions about velocity and acceleration, and a test. All questions and test questions have an answer key, with steps to solve, not just answers.
- jpeg files for each formula so you can copy and paste them in your presentations or as you need.
-The Microsoft Word version of all the questions so you can edit them as you see fit, or if you wanted to create and assign more problems as homework or classwork to your students.
I am a Special Education Teacher, and this year I am teaching Direct Instruction (Self-Contained) and Co-Taught Algebra II and Physics. My students struggle to understand units, and one step equations, yet I have to teach them Physics and Algebra II. This template is what I came up with to help my students to solve equations for velocity and Acceleration. It is awesome to see how excited they get when they fill in the variables correctly, or pick the right formula.
Prior to this unit I taught my students about Velocity, Units, and Metric Conversions. We scaffolded conversions by starting with just one type to convert (kilometers to meters, or hours to seconds). Once students understood this we added some more and used a chart to help determine what to do. Then we answered some simple questions about velocity. We tried using the G.U.E.S.S. method, but it just wasn’t enough. After we were able to answer some questions we focused on Distance Vs. Time Graphs. (I will eventually put that unit up on TPT).
To begin this UNIT I went over Velocity, using the charts included in this packet, and put them on my Smart Board Presentation. My students also all have ipads, so I uploaded the questions to the app Showbie, and allowed students to work on their ipads if they preferred and to help engage some of my students that were a little resistant to believe they could figure this out.
I DO: I read the first problem out loud, and talked through filling out the chart and solving the problem.
WE DO: I put the second problem on the board and as a class we filled in and solved the second problem.
YOU DO: I gave a print out of problems 3 and 4 to my students and have them solve the problems on their own. Then we went over them on the board.
HOMEWORK: I gave my students these same problems changing the numbers.
I then repeated this same format introducing problems with acceleration, and acceleration with gravity. I did a few more WE DO problems with ACCELERATION to help students understand how to use this new chart and the different formulas.
**I put the acceleration questions with gravity in the blue templates for class practice.