Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Roller Coaster Design - Day 1 - Section 3: Students Design and Create Their Roller Coasters


As the project progresses, I notice that students are not paying close attention to the rubric. For many groups, their work is not well organized and students are not placing their summary information on the roller coaster near the location where that data is applicable. 

So I interrupt the entire class and call their attention to the white board. On the board, I use my document camera to display a rough sketch I made a few seconds earlier. This sketch gives the students an idea of how I want them to display their data right on the roller coaster picture (as detailed in the rubric). 

I then show an exemplar calculation sheet that I noticed from one of the groups and instruct students to make their calculations on a separate sheet of paper like this one.  Several groups started putting the calculations on the roller coaster sheet and it made for a very messy and hard to read display.

  Adjustments to Practice: student work
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Roller Coaster Design - Day 1

Unit 3: Energy
Lesson 7 of 16

Objective: Students design their own roller coasters, calculate potential energy and apply conservation of energy to calculate the velocities at key points of the ride.

Big Idea: For a closed system energy is conserved, changing from one form of energy to other forms of energy.

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