Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Exploring Acceleration (Part 2) - Section 4: Explain


This lesson highlights the  application of two of the Crosscutting Concepts, Patterns and Cause and Effect. Students are asked to use the accelerometer model to identify patterns of acceleration as objects go through the four signature motions of speeding up, slowing down, constant speed, and crashing.

Using the data that they observed from the accelerometer the record these patterns in their science journal to help them become familiar with and build explanation of what happens when an object accelerates. It also incorporates cause-and-effect. The acceleration that an object experiences as it moves to space and time can better be explained using the understanding gleaned from the use of this model. Students are able then to look at the world around them and construct explanations on the cause-and-effect for acceleration.

  CCC: Patters and Cause/Effect
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: CCC: Patters and Cause/Effect
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Exploring Acceleration (Part 2)

Unit 7: Movement of Objects in Space & Time
Lesson 5 of 12

Objective: SWBAT collect data and analyze the motion of an object in order to identify acceleration.

Big Idea: Students use a simple model and video analysis to study acceleration.

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