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Physics Unit (Forces and Motion) for 4th grade at ECO Charter School.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2009-11-09.
Very impressive. I like how everything is broken down into days with short quizes to keep up with the progression of knowledge. The quizes can be a great asset for reviewing for the test too.
Forces And Motion (Motion, Force Changes Motion, Gravity) and Changing Motion (Forces Affects Motion, Forces Affect Acceleration, Friction Affects Motion) Work And Energy (Work, Forms Of Energy, Energy Changes) Simple Machines (Levers, Load and Forces, Wheels and Axles, Pulleys, Inclined Plane)Lasting Ideas & Results: Physics is the foundation of all the sciences, and students need to understand the basics in order to understand the world. An object's motion can be described by tracking and measuring its position over time, and these positions/motions can change by pushing or pulling. Many forces act on motion, and work is done when a force is used to move an object. Energy is the ability to do work. Learning these concepts is essential to understanding how things work and move.
| Students will be able to...||Students will know...|
Explain how motion, speed/velocity, and acceleration are related
Summarize the forces that act on a moving object; gravity, friction
Demonstrate a basic understanding of how forces affect motion
Explain how friction affects motion
Define work and energy
Compare and contrast potential and kinetic energy
Identify different forms of energy and give examples of each
Identify different kinds of simple machines and their uses
Explain how simple machines work together to make compound machines
Motion occurs when an object changes position. Speed is how fast it is moving, while velocity describes its speed and direction. acceleration is a change in speed or direction. Many forces, such as gravity and friction, act on moving objects.
Unbalanced forces change the speed or direction of an object.
Friction works against motion.
Work is done when a force is used to move an object a certain distance and energy is the ability to do work. Potential energy is stored, while kinetic energy is the energy of motion.
Chemical energy, electrical energy, light energy, mechanical energy, thermal energy and nuclear energy are different forms of energy.
Simple machines make it easier to do a task. Levers, wheels and axles, inclined plans, wedges and screws are the six kind of machines, and they each have different uses.
Two or more simple machines form a compound machine, like a bicycle.
|Lesson Number|| Lesson Day|| Description of Activities|
|*******||Note: This section includes a very brief description of our daily activities. Please see Procedures below for full plan of activities.|
|Day 1||10/19||Introduction to Unit, Position, Speed and Velocity|
|Day 2||10/20||Force, Acceleration, Inertia, Friction (Friction and Inertia Lab)|
|Day 3||10/21||Friction and Inertia Lab 2: How Forces and Friction Affect Motion|
|Day 4||10/22||How Forces Affect Acceleration and Friction|
|Day 5||10/23|| Review, Assessment 1 and Force Diagrams|
|Day 6||10/26||Potential and Kinetic Energy|
|Days 7-8||10/27 and 10/28||Roller Coaster Web Quest|
|Days 8-10||10/28-10/30|| Types of Energy, Transforming and Transferring Energy|
|Days 11-13||11/2-11/4||Review, Remediation and Assessment|
|Days 14-17||11/9-13||Simple and Compound Machines|
| Day 18||11/16 ||Review |
| Day 19||11/17||Test |
| Describe Performance Tasks|| Explain &/or Reference Criteria|
|Inquiry Lab Sheets||Lab Rubrics|
|Quiz for each subunit||Answer Key|
|Roller Coaster Model||Response Rubric|
|Forms of Energy Poster||Rubric|
|Physics Test||Answer Key/Response Rubric|
|Additional Formative Assessments||Listed Daily|