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Lesson Overview
Lesson Title:
Motion and YOU

Teachers:
Ms. Mary Herrington (Primary)

Brief Description:
While moving objects are very common in our daily lives, measuring the motion of an object is a very sophisticated notion. In these activities, students will be introduced to three useful ways of measuring and describing motion: Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration.

Topics Introduced:
Motion

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Curriculum Framework Components Addressed:
Logistics Planning and Management Services
Suggested Grade Levels:
7th Grade
8th Grade

Subjects:
Science
Standards Taught:
8.2.1 Science 2003
8.3.2 Math 2006
8.5.1 Math 2006
8.5.2 Math 2006
8.5.3 Math 2006
8.5.4 Math 2006
8.6.3 Math 2006

Lesson Information
Learning Expectations:

While moving objects are very common in our daily lives, measuring the motion of an object is a very sophisticated notion. In these activities, students will be introduced to three useful ways of measuring and describing motion: Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration.

Plan Of Action:

Class Discussion on topics of Force and Motion. Establish what the students prior knowledge is and what misconceptions they hold. Give a Pretest.
Short Readings from Textbook to gain new information.
PowerPoint Presentation with Discussion/Student Notes
Explore Activities: Newton's Challenge
Review Scientific Method
Lab: Bubble Gum Physics
Activity: Bubble Gum Trivia
Lab: Speed Challenge
Lab: Hot Wheelin' Physics
Lab: Speed Machines
Lab: Play in Traffic
Evaluate: Student and Teacher Rubrics

Data Set Used:

LPS Science Curriculum, Prentice Hall: Motion, Forces, and Energy
Discovery Video: Force and Motion
Data from MATC Traffic on Vine Street
Data from MATC Speed Gun measurement

Materials Needed:

PowerPoint Presentation with Notes Pages
Suggested Readings: Motion, Forces, and Energy
Newton' Challenge: Worksheets, washers, clothespin, string, fishing line, index cards, meter sticks, toy cars, straws, balloons
Speed Challenge: Worksheets, stopwatch, meter sticks, masking tape, markers
Hot Wheelin' Physics: Worksheets, toy cars, race trac, stopwatch, meter sticks
Speed Machines: Worksheets, calculators
Play in Traffic: Worksheets, MATC visit with Speed guns, measuring tape, Van with traffic camera

Preparation Period:

30-45 minutes to start for Material Review and Planning
Daily Preparation 10-15 minutes
Copy Time for Handouts

Implementation Period:

10-12 days depending on the experience and knowledge base of your students
Class periods are 50 minutes or After School Program is 1 Hours
PowerPoint takes 2 days for all Slides and Discussions
Labs/Activities take 1 Class Period or about 1 Hour
Extra days for Discussion and Debriefing Labs/Activities
Play in Traffic with MATC equipment 2 Hours

Science, Math, Engineering and / or Technology Implications:

Provide resources for middle and high school Science teachers.
Develop multi-media materials using technology as compliments to curricula that address science state standards.
Use real life examples from engineers who approach "problems" we face daily and develop solutions incorporating science concepts and principles.

Unexpected Results:

We used my Lesson plans with our After-School Program. My team of teachers were very happy with the final product. The students were engaged the entire time, which is a difficult task for a group of 6th, 7th and 8th graders from 3:15 until 5:15 pm.
We really generated excitement for our after school program. Our student numbers went up 10% of our student population(over 50 students) on a regular basis for an after school program.
The 8th grade Science teachers will use my materials during 3rh Quarter to teach Motion, Forces and Energy. They are very pleased that I planned their 3rd Quarter of instruction with fresh, innovative ideas.

Considerations for Diversity in Education:

1.People have preconceptions about how the world works. We interpret things based on what we already know.
2.Learning with depth of understanding enables people to adapt to new solutions.
3.Meta-cognition. People need to assess their own learning. We need to "think about what we are thinking". We need time to process old and new information to make sense of the data.


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