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LESSON TITLE: Raise that Score

CURRICULUM AREA: Science Technology

GRADE LEVEL: 7

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: How can projectile motion be manipulated?

ACTIVITY SUMMARY: Students will develop an appreciation of projectile motion through various methods and investigate what variables affect the flight path.

ACTIVATING STRATEGIES:

  • 1)

    Introduce topic of projectile motion through general discussion of examples generated by class.

  • 2)

    Students will be split into small groups and will be given at least two different types of balls. Each group should come to consensus on the factors that affect the shape and duration of the flight path of the balls. Teacher should monitor groups, asking guiding questions to encourage brainstorming.

  • 3)

    Lead class discussion of what factors affect projectile motion. Allow different teams to defend their choices and come to a class consensus on the important factors.

SUMMARY STRATEGIES: Teacher and class provide feedback in the ideas that are generated.

RESOURCES: Several footballs, basketballs, baseballs and other items for students to throw.

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