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Lesson Overview
Lesson Title:
How Fast and How Far

Teachers:
Mr. Barry Newman (Primary)

Brief Description:
The basic goal of this project is for students to practice measuring a variety of speeds. They are required to choose at least one speed to measure from each of three lists and they are encouraged to measure additional speeds of their own choosing.

Topics Introduced:
Velocity

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Curriculum Framework Components Addressed:
Logistics Planning and Management Services
Transportation Systems/ Infrastructure Planning, Management and Regulation
Suggested Grade Levels:
8th Grade

Subjects:
Science
Standards Taught:
8.3.2 Science 2003
8.3.1 Science 2003

Lesson Information
Learning Expectations:

The basic goal of this project is for students to practice measuring a variety of speeds. They are required to choose at least one speed to measure from each of three lists and they are encouraged to measure additional speeds of their own choosing.
Through this project, students will develop the following skills: measuring, making multiple measurements to improve accuracy, calculating, converting units, and communicating.
The menu items on the student project handout (Speedsala.pdf) are designed so the Appetizers list contains speeds that are easy to calculate, the Entrees list contains more challenging speeds, and the Desserts list has the most difficult items.

Plan Of Action:

To examine examples of motion and measure how fast objects move.

Your project must
-Include careful distance and time measurements
-Use data to calculate the speed of each example
-Present results of testing to the class

Day 1: Introduction to describing and measuring motion.
Worksheet Sec.1-1 measuring motion
Introduce speed activity – this will be an ongoing activity throughout the 7-8 day unit.
Start using power point

Day 2: Guest lecture – Dr. Libby Jones – Transportation Engineer

Day 3: Finish lecture
Finish power point
Continue working on speed activity

Day 4: Worksheet speed problems
Continue working on speed activity

Days 5-7 Continue working on speed activity

Days 7-8 Present activity results to class
Have Dr. Larry Rilett bring the Transportation Van and Radar Guns to Lux for students to observe and calculate speed of vehicles near the school.

Data Set Used:

8th grade textbook (Science Explorer)Motion, Forces,Energy

Powerpoint
Internet Explorer

Materials Needed:

Materials Provided:
Speed a la Carte - project
Speed a la Carte – Rubric
The art of measuring Speed – worksheet
Describing and measuring speed – worksheet
Sample problems for speed – worksheet
Acceleration - worksheet
Chapter Test for Speed and Motion

Materials Needed:
Things to measure - (toy cars/trucks, windup toys, anything that will roll.
*A stopwatch or other device to measure seconds.
*A variety of tools for measuring distances, such as a tape measure, long string or rope with meters marked off, meter stick, or ruler.
*Materials to make your display.
*Calculator

Preparation Period:

(1-2) periods to run off copies and get out materials
Arrange for guest speakers: Dr. Jones and Dr. Rilett

Implementation Period:

(7-8) days including assessment.

Science, Math, Engineering and / or Technology Implications:

*Students learn that objects in motion have a direction and speed that can be changed.
*Students quantify speed and acceleration using equations.
*Students learn that motion is relative to a given reference point.
*Students measure time and distance and calculate speed.
*Students make distance and time measurements, then analyze and interpret their data.
*An experiment is designed and conducted to determine the speed if various objects.

Considerations for Diversity in Education:

Multiple Modalities: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic


Lesson Files
Lesson Plan File

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barryCH1test.pdf

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barryDescribingandMeasuring.pdf

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barrySpeed.pdf

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Presentation1-2.ppt

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SpeedsaIa.pdf

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