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This middle school lesson plan blends a classroom experiment with the interactive PhET simulation Masses and Springs. Students design and conduct an experiment to test their predictions about the behavior of springs with masses attached. The simulation is used to explore kinetic and potential energy of spring motion and to visualize how the spring moves on different planets with varied gravitational constants. The lesson provides extensive background information for both educators and learners along with scripted teacher discussion. The simulation required to complete this activity is available from PhET at: Masses & Springs Simulation. This lesson is part of the PhET (Physics Education Technology Project), a large collection of free interactive science simulations.

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    • Grade 1
    • Grade 2
    • Grade 3
    • Grade 4
    • Grade 5
    • Grade 6
    • Grade 7
    • Grade 8
    • Grade 9
    • Grade 10
    • Grade 11
    • Grade 12

    Keywords:

    Oscillations and Waves,Grade 6,NSDL,Grade 5,Grade 8,friction,harmonic oscillation,simple harmonic motion,springs,Classical Mechanics,spring constant,Grade 7,Upper Elementary,Damped Oscillators,Work and Energy,damping,Applications of Newton's Laws,Informal Education,middle school experiment,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20130508142913460T,Middle School,NSDL_SetSpec_ncs-NSDL-COLLECTION-000-003-112-102,experimental design,Elementary School,Physics,elastic potential energy,General,Engineering,Springs and Oscillators,Oscillations,Hooke's Law,Technology,fair test

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    English

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    Update Standards?

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.WHST.6-8.7: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,

    Conduct short research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question), drawing on several sources and generating additional related, focused questions that allow for multiple avenues of exploration.

    CCSS.Math.Practice.MP3: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

    CCSS.Math.Content.1.MD.C: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    Represent and interpret data.

    CCSS.Math.Content.3.MD.B.4: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units— whole numbers, halves, or quarters.

    CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

    CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A.1: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    Understand the concept of a ratio and use ratio language to describe a ratio relationship between two quantities.

    CCSS.Math.Content.7.RP.A: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

    CCSS.Math.Content.7.RP.A.2: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.

    CCSS.Math.Content.7.RP.A.2b: Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

    Identify the constant of proportionality (unit rate) in tables, graphs, equations, diagrams, and verbal descriptions of proportional relationships.
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