# Investigating Motion, Forces, and Energy Lab Book

**Investigating Motion, Forces, and Energy Lab
Book**

**Investigating Motion, Forces, and Energy Lab Book**

**Course(s)/Subject(s)**: 8th
Grade Science

**Grade Level(s)**: 8

**Key Words**: Motion/Speed/Distance/Graphs

**Developer(s) Name**: Donna Moulton

**School**: Lake Braddock Middle School

**Approximate Time Frame**: 2 periods-1 for experiment, 1 for
computer lab

**Materials/Equipment
Needed**:*Keep On Truckin'*

**Description of Lesson (includes context)**:This lesson will
be used as an assessment after completion of the first two labs
*Graphing Your Motion*** Keep on Truckin' **in the

**Investigating Motion, Forces, and Energy Lab Book.**

**LESSON OUTLINE**

**What is the objective of this lesson**? Create and interpret time/distance and speed/distance graphs utilizing computer technology.

**FCPS POS Standards**:
Standards #1, #2, #3

**FCPS POS Benchmarks**:
Benchmark 8.1.8, 8.2.2-3, 8.3.1-2, 8.3.1-3

**FCPS POS Indicators**:
Indicators 8.1.8-1, 8.1.8-2, 8.1.8-3

**VA SOL(s) (including
Computer/Technology)**: C/T8.1

**Other**:

**EVIDENCE**

**What will we examine as evidence of students' knowledge and/or skill**?

**Product(s)**:Students will
create two graphs, and write a conclusion.

**Performance(s)**: Students
will conduct an experiment using Experimental Design Process, gather
data, make two graphs and write a conclusion.

**Other**:

**DIRECTIONS**

**What exactly will the students and teacher do during the lesson**?

- You are to conduct an experiment similar to the one we just
completed in
. You are to use two of the items you brought from home, i.e. two different*Keep On*

Truckin'

trucks, cars, balls, etc. - Measure the time it takes for these items to travel 5 meters.
Calculate the average

speed. In the next class period, you will make a distance/time graph on the computer

for these two items. - Measure the time it takes the items to pass each 1.0 m mark on
the runway. Calculate

the average speed at each interval. In the next class period, you will make a graph

comparing the average speed of the items to the distance at each marker. - You will make two graphs using the program designated by your teacher.
- You will write a conclusion explaining the results of your experiment and graphs.
- You will import the two graphs into the document with your conclusion.

- Before doing this assessment activity, students should have
completed the first two labs

in the**Investigating Motion, Forces, and Energy Lab Book.**The same

equipment set up can be used to do this activity. They should have constructed and

discussed the graphs for both of these lab activities. Several reinforcement activities

(graphing, time/distance, speed/distance graphs) from the textbook should also be done

prior to this activity. - To evaluate the products from this activity, use the rubrics
for
*Graphs*and*Conclusions*provided in the

**Investigating Matter and Energy Teacher's Guide.** - Graphs can be made using either ClarisWorks or Graphical Analysis.

**APPROPRIATE
ACCOMMODATIONS/MODIFICATIONS**

**What options in presentation(s) and/or response(s) are suggested in order to provide the opportunity for all students to demonstrate achievement of the benchmark(s) and indicator(s)**?

Students could create spreadsheets and then make graphs from their spreadsheets. Students who need more reinforcement could create graphs by hand on graph paper, then go to the computer lab to do their final copies.