Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Exploring The Cart's Motion - Graphing Motion (Part 2) - Section 6: Elaborate


In this lesson students have the opportunity to learn how to construct velocity over time graphs to help them communicate their ideas and make meaning on the relationship between the variables they are studying. This highlights the crosscutting concept of patterns.

Part of their objective during this and the subsequent lessons is to look for patterns when working with different types of data they collect in class. One of the challenges in the middle school science classroom is getting students to be comfortable working with the mathematical requirements of science along with the more tactile hands-on observations they are accustomed to doing.

This is a very nonthreatening approach to getting kids creating graphs without having to work with large data sets and have them build confidence to be able to use those graphs to communicate their understanding.

  Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns
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Exploring The Cart's Motion - Graphing Motion (Part 2)

Unit 7: Movement of Objects in Space & Time
Lesson 3 of 12

Objective: SWBAT investigate the building blocks of motion by collecting data, presenting the data graphically, and comparing representations; analyze simple and complex motions, and identify the building blocks of motion.

Big Idea: In this lesson students learn to create velocity/time graphs for simple and complex motions.

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Science, Motion, Forces and Newton's Laws, Acceleration Formulas, physics, Graphing, time, movement, space, motion stories
  90 minutes
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