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Lesson 1 -Distance-Time Graphs and You!

Lesson Plan

Grade Level-6

State Standards:

MA Curriculum Framework Grades 6-8 General Science

Essential Question:

What is motion?

Lesson Question:

How is a distance-time graph made to represent motion?

Introduction:

You have most likely seen and made graphs before in math class. Do graphs move? NO! But did you know that there is a type of graph that can show motion? It is called a Distance-Time Graph and in this lesson you will learn all about this type of graph and even make one that shows YOU moving!

Task:

You and your group will go outside and put yourselves in motion! You will record data as you move and then use your data to create a distance-time graph of your motion. Finally, you will share your motion story and graph with the class!

Lesson Experiences:

DAY ONE

DAY TWO

DAY THREE

Conclusion:

As you have seen, while distance-time graphs do not actually move they can give us quite a bit of information about an object's motion. Distance-time graphs can even even be used to predict motion and make decisions about motion, such as a trip that we are planning to take. One limitation to the distance-time graphs that we have seen is that they use average speed, which means that they assume that an object is moving at a constant speed during each segment of its motion. How would a disance-time graph look for an object that was not in constant motion (speeding up, slowing down)? Check out this App if you are interested in learning more: Exploriments App

Assessments:

You will be assessed through your completion of the online interactive Teachers' Domain lesson and the online Class Marker Quiz. You will also be assessed on your participation in your group. Finally, you will be assessed on your completion of your Glogster digital poster.

Assessment Rubric

You will be able to... Strong Good Adequate Inadequate Weighting
Describe and analyze distance time graphs Provided evidence of sophisticated understanding of science concepts Provided understanding of science concepts Provided minimal understanding of science concepts No mention of science concepts 30%
work productively in a group Worked well with other members of the group at all times Worked well with other members of the group most of the time Worked well with other members of the group some of the time. Some teacher intervention needed. Often had difficulty working with other members of the group. Substantial teacher intervention required. 20%
create a distance time graph for your own motion Graph is accurate and complete. Graph shows complex motion. Graph is accurate and complete. Graph shows simple motion. Graph contains some errors. Graph is not completed or contains substantial errors. 20%
create a digital poster to summarize what you have learned about distance time graphs Digital poster shows sophisticated understanding of science concepts Digital poster shows understanding of science concepts Digital poster shows minimal understanding of science concepts Incomplete or contains no mention of science concepts 30%

Resources:


Teachers' Domain Interactive Lesson
GMAP
Create a graph
Class Marker Quiz
Glogster
Edmodo
Extension - Exploriments App

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