If you’re looking for a POTENTIAL AND KINETIC ENERGY ROLLER COASTER WORKSHEET or lesson plan, then you’ve come to the right place! These lesson plans and resources teach all about movement energy. They are a prefect addition to your physics lessons. The kinetic and potential energy problems students will work with give them real world examples. Students will apply the conservation of energy law. They will also find times of high potential and kinetic energy.
First, I’ll introduce you to some fabulous, time tested resources that I’ve already prepared to make lesson planning, tutoring, or homework time a whole lot easier. Next, I’ll give you some ideas on ways to use the potential and kinetic energy roller coaster worksheet and teaching resources to increase engagement in your classroom and to make learning fun for you and your students. Throughout this blog post you will find hand links to whatever sparks your interest. Get reading!
MY FAVORITE RESOURCES FOR TEACHING POTENTIAL AND KINETIC ENERGY
KINETIC & POTENTIAL ENERGY PRACTICE WORKSHEET
Your students can review kinetic and potential energy with this easy to use and check worksheet. This resource includes 5 pages of student practice. There are three pages where students identify points where kinetic or potential energy is high and low. Also there are two pages where students will solve using the kinetic and potential energy equations. This kinetic and potential energy roller coasters worksheet will thrill your students.
KINETIC & POTENTIAL VIRTUAL LAB
Using this online lab, students explore the relationship of kinetic and potential energy. Students learn and use the Law of Conservation of Energy. This resource includes two version of the lab. One goes with the original PhET simulation. The second version is for the update version of the sim. You will see that the updated sim has the addition of measurement and graphing tools. Both versions of this lab also come with answer keys and digital versions using Google Slides.
KINETIC & POTENTIAL ENERGY GOOGLE SLIDES INTERACTIVE LESSON
This resource will make a great addition to your lesson on kinetic and potential energy. Throughout this resource, students will interact with the slide deck by answering comprehension questions. Students show when potential and kinetic energy is present in real world examples. By comparing real world objects and movements, students will grapple with the transition of energy from potential to kinetic energy.
KINETIC & POTENTIAL ENERGY GUIDED PRACTICE
Do your students need more practice sorting and measuring potential and kinetic energy? Use this guided reading resource to guide student learning and understanding of how energy changes back and forth from potential to kinetic energy. Students will need to apply conservation of energy throughout this lesson as well. Using this resource will not only improve your students energy understanding, but it will also promote vocabulary retention, reading skills, and prompt rich discussion from your students.
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If you’re feeling a little sick and need a day to rest, the POTENTIAL AND KINETIC ENERGY ROLLER COASTER WORKSHEET would be an excellent way to allow students to work on their own (either digitally or on paper) without a lot of speaking required on your part. To make things even better, you’ll be supporting literacy in the classroom too!
Independent Work Station
Stations are a great way to make a long class feel shorter or a large class feel smaller. With this intention, split your class into groups based on the number of stations you have. One of your stations can be a setting that allows you to work closely with some students, and other groups should have work that can be completely independently. This will give you the opportunity to give the students who need support your full attention. Don’t forget that you can do stations online too!
Close Reading Strategies
Close reading is an essential skill that must be taught in all classrooms. Time and time again, students are showing that they are not prepared to read college level texts. Spoon feeding them isn’t going to solve this issue. The guided reading passages I have created will prepare your students for their future. We absolutely must increase the rigor in our classrooms when it comes to literacy, and teaching reading strategies is the path that will take our students where they need to be.
Differentiation can feel like a huge burden for teachers. How are we supposed to create several different variations of the same lesson or activity? In reality, we probably can’t. What we can do, though, is provide independent work packets for students who are not able to be present for direct instruction. We can make choice boards in which students will most likely differentiate for themselves, we can provide extension activities for early finishers, and we can provide extra practice for students who aren’t showing mastery.
I know as teachers we hear a lot about the benefits and drawbacks of homework. Whether or not you’re in support of homework, I’d just like to point out that it’s there as an option. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Interactive notebooks are unmatched in their ability to keep students organized and work in one place. I’m a huge fan of shrinking my worksheets down to fit in an interactive notebook. Sometimes I print 2 in one, cut them in half and just glue the sheets directly into pages of a notebook. Other times I transform multi-page PDFs into mini books (use these simple instructions if you’d like to try it) and insert the entire thing into a notebook.
Whether summative or formative, consider using these resources as an option for assessment. Student answers to comprehension questions will give you insight into their thinking. Use this to construct your next lesson, or make breakout groups.
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