Energy Skate Park Basics Lesson

Standards:

TEKS Science: 6.2C-D, 6.8A-B CCRS Science Standards: VIII-D1, VIII-D2

 

Lesson Objectives:

  1. Students will be able to examine how an object’s potential and kinetic energy change as it moves and how an object’s total energy remains constant. 
  2. Students will be able to determine the variables that affect an object’s potential and kinetic energy.
  3. Students will be able to propose modifications to the Energy Skate Park Basics PhET simulation.

Lesson Overview:

The lesson begins with students being reintroduced to the terms force and energy through a class demonstration using a doll and a car. The students are introduced to the Question of the Day: “What does the potential and kinetic energy of an object depend on?” then complete an inquiry-based investigation in pairs using the Energy Skate Park Basics PhET simulation. It is through the use of this simulation that students discover that the energy of an object, in this case a skateboarder, depends on its position, mass and speed. The students engage in a class discussion over their findings of their investigation. The lesson ends with the students extending their knowledge to water park rides using a ramp and a boogie board made out of a wooden stick.

 

Standards:

TEKS Science: 6.2C-D, 6.8A-B CCRS Science Standards: VIII-D1, VIII-D2