Reflection: Coherence Rubber Band Cannon Lab - Section 5: Post Lab: Analyzing Graphs and Constructing Explanations


Creating and analyzing graphs is essential to the scientific and design processes.  However, simply including a graph on an assessment question or warm up here and there is just not enough.  Students need instruction in this area.  They need multiple relevant experiences with feedback on their analysis.  They need to be asked to make predictions and connections to graphs.  And, they need to be able to take a graph and use it to extract data they can use as evidence.  Moreover, they will need to be able to write a scientific conclusion or explanation while using graphs as evidence.  This takes practice and guidance.  This lesson represents a point in the year where students have had instruction, feedback and practice with graphs.  If this has not been completed in your classroom at the point in the year you implement this lesson, this is a great chance for you to do it! 

  Graphs and Analysis: It's important!
  Coherence: Graphs and Analysis: It's important!
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Rubber Band Cannon Lab

Unit 5: Energy
Lesson 2 of 11

Objective: The student will be able to describe how changes in objects' arrangement also changes potential energy, and identify the relationship between the speed and the kinetic energy of an object.

Big Idea: Students use rubber band cannons to explore potential and kinetic energy transfer!

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