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Newton's laws of motion form the basis for principles used in sport movements. Methods of training that depart from these laws would not make sense mechanically. Tips for efficient sport performances are built around these laws and principles.
Material Type: Lesson, Reading
In this investigation, students will observe, predict, make inferences, explore developing a hypothesis and manipulate variables, collect data, and practice metric measurement skills. In the first activity, students will construct a ramp and move "Granny" up and down the ramp to observe the effect of slope on force and velocity. In the second activity, students will investigate the relationship among rise, run and slope of a ramp. In the third activity, students will examine the relationships among force, mass, and acceleration. In the fourth activity, students will analyze various ramps to determine if they meet ADA guidelines and if not, they will redesign them to make them safer.
Material Type: Lesson Plan
The digestive system is amazing: it takes the foods we eat and breaks them into smaller components that our body can use for energy, cell repair and growth. This lesson introduces students to the main parts of the digestive system and how they interact. In addition, students learn about some of the challenges astronauts face when trying to eat in outer space.
Material Type: Activity/Lab, Lesson Plan
Students will be given a task to complete such as popping a balloon. They will be required to create a simple machine with 5-7 moving parts, made from common household materials, to complete the task. Leading up to this project, students will have learned about simple machines and Rube Goldberg. This project will help students be able to explain how simple machines such as inclined planes, pulleys, levers and wheel and axels are used to create mechanical advantage and increase efficiency. (7.P.2.4) The team of students that creates the machine that completes the task in the most whimsical way will be awarded a certificate.
Material Type: Teaching/Learning Strategy