ALEX Lesson Plan

Energy and Work Amusement Park Style

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Author:Amanda Bittinger
System: Shelby County
School: Oak Mountain High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 548

Title:

Energy and Work Amusement Park Style

Overview/Annotation:

This is a lesson presenting energy and work. It covers: types of energy, forms of energy, work, law of conservation of energy, and renewable and nonrenewable energy sources. In the activities section, one will find links to Internet sites that explore concepts of energy and work. Interactive labs are also included in this lesson. The lesson can serve as a student-led or teacher-led lesson. It gives a brief statement of facts; therefore, the teacher must provide expansions, if needed. The expansions could come from the Internet sites since many of them go into more detail about the concepts. The teacher will also be expected to supply some form of assessment for the lesson.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 9-12
Physical Science
7 ) Analyze and interpret data for one- and two-dimensional motion applying basic concepts of distance, displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration (e.g., velocity versus time graphs, displacement versus time graphs, acceleration versus time graphs).

Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 9-12
Physical Science
8 ) Apply Newton's laws to predict the resulting motion of a system by constructing force diagrams that identify the external forces acting on the system, including friction (e.g., a book on a table, an object being pushed across a floor, an accelerating car).

Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 9-12
Physical Science
11 ) Design and conduct investigations to verify the law of conservation of energy, including transformations of potential energy, kinetic energy, thermal energy, and the effect of any work performed on or by the system.

Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 9-12
Physics
1 ) Investigate and analyze, based on evidence obtained through observation or experimental design, the motion of an object using both graphical and mathematical models (e.g., creating or interpreting graphs of position, velocity, and acceleration versus time graphs for one- and two-dimensional motion; solving problems using kinematic equations for the case of constant acceleration) that may include descriptors such as position, distance traveled, displacement, speed, velocity, and acceleration.

Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 9-12
Physics
5 ) Construct models that illustrate how energy is related to work performed on or by an object and explain how different forms of energy are transformed from one form to another (e.g., distinguishing between kinetic, potential, and other forms of energy such as thermal and sound; applying both the work-energy theorem and the law of conservation of energy to systems such as roller coasters, falling objects, and spring-mass systems; discussing the effect of frictional forces on energy conservation and how it affects the motion of an object).

Local/National Standards:

 

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Standard VII, Objective 1, from the AHSGE
The students will distinguish between kinetic and potential energy. The students will recognize that energy can change from one form to other forms with no loss of total energy. The students will identify and describe several forms of energy. The students will compare the scientific meaning of work and its everyday meaning.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 
 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

61 to 90 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

There are no special materials or equipment needed in this lesson other than normal student materials such as notebooks, calculators, and pencils. The teacher would also need access to a board in order to work additional problems or further expand concepts.

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer with Internet access, PowerPoint software, LCD projector or large-screen television if used as large group activity

Background/Preparation:

 
  Procedures/Activities: 

This lesson is a PowerPoint project with interactive sites included from the Internet. The URL addresses are already linked for the user in the lesson. To use this lesson, one should only have to open the attached PowerPoint Presentation. The presentation has buttons and links that will lead the teacher or student through the lesson. Before using the lesson, the teacher may want to visit the Internet sites that are used to decide the particular parts of the sites that he/she feels is most relevant to his/her class. Some teachers may decide to use all or just parts of the sites. One may also wish to use some of the information from these sites to form assessment questions to be used after the lesson is presented. Teachers are welcome to modify the presentation in any manner to fit their particular needs.



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  Assessment  

Assessment Strategies

The on-line quiz on the website could be used or information from the websites could be used to form assessment questions. The Amusement Park Physics site offers some games and activities on the part called Play the Midway. The teacher may choose to use some of these activities for an assessment. The lesson is organized in such a manner that a short "bell-ringer" quiz can be created to start the class on the following class meeting.

Acceleration:

 

Intervention:

 

View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.