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If you have ever injured your shoulder, you know it takes a while to improve your arm's range of motion. In this real-world example, young mathematicians gain insight into the world of physical therapy while they analyze a case study using protractor skills, properties of right triangles, and the trigonometric sine ratio.  
Learning to summarize texts takes practice. Jump into the training ring and guide your learners through a summarizing practice session. The classic direct instructional practice of "I do, you do, we do" is used to help them identify key words or ideas which will be used to create accurate summaries. As they summarize the text, they create hand motions for each key word or point, they put them all together to make a gestural movement that represents the logical order of their summary.
While building rollercoaster tracks for marbles is definitely age-appropriate for middle schoolers, the calculations on the lab sheets for this lesson are above most of them. Physics fledglings measure the potential energy at the beginning of a track, the kinetic energy at its end, and the amount lost to friction along the way. From these values, they calculate the height that a loop can be inserted and still have the marble make it from beginning to end. Hold on to your hats, because it's sure to be a rolicking time!
The focus of this chemistry video is kinetics, which is a study of exactly what happens to compounds when they react together. Specifically, kinetics is a study of the rate of chemical reactions, and what forces affect that rate. Sal sets up a few problems that have different variables such as: atmospheric pressure, temperature, and surface area in order to illustrate how kinetics works.
Students explore force and motion through a series of experiments. In this physics lesson, students create and interpret speed graphs. They build an electromagnet and explain the factors affecting its strength.
What a wonderful way to explore motion and forces! Learners design a catapult, after watching a video and discussing types of catapults. This is a comprehensive and complete lesson with links to supplementary resources.
Now here is a great lesson plan that will really help your learners see the connection between art and engineering. First, you'll discuss kinetic sculptures and the design process. Then, you'll engage them in a hands-on activity where they use paper and brads to fashion a four-bar mechanism. The mechanisms can be discussed in terms of art, form, function, and construction.  
A unique and useful presentation, this covers projectile motion for your general physics class. Many graphs display the vectors involved, and some even act as animations. Motion is broken down into its components and only then are the mathematical formulas presented. Following the presentation, viewers will be well-prepared to work some sample problems together. 
In this motion worksheet, students complete motion word problems where they explain and define issues having to do with motion. Students complete 32 problems.
Middle schoolers identify the relationship between kinetic energy, mass, and velocity. Then they explain and graph the relationship between kinetic energy and mass. Students also predict the impact of objects of different mass and velocity on a standing object. Finally, they compare their graph to the graph drawn of a directly proportional relationship.
You can explore potential and kinetic energy with these lesson plans and make the playground an outside laboratory.
In this kinetics worksheet, students complete 15 multiple choice, short answers and problems on half life, rate law and equilibrium concentrations.
Students view a video and complete experiments with force and motion.  In this force and motion lesson, students examine small pieces and how they affect the motion of a toy car.  Students also experiment with sand paper, bubble wrap and wax paper.
Students create a car using physics. In this forces and motion lesson, students create a car and test which changes in design change the performance of the car. Students complete a graphic organizer with the different changes they see.
Students are introduced to the concept of circular motion. In groups, they participate in experiments to discover the law of inertia. They describe how forces act on objects during a circular motion. To end the lesson, they use these two concepts to predict the path of an object.
Seventh graders create motion graphs using a motion sensor. In this physics lesson, 7th graders match the graph shown by moving their body. They relate the slope to the way they moved.
Students examine the motion of objects in two dimensions. In this dimensional lesson plan students view several demonstrations, complete a worksheet and a lab activity.
Students interpret a variety of motion graphs. In this physics instructional activity, students calculate the speed and acceleration of objects using numerical data from graphs. They apply what they have learned to solve real world problems.
In this projectile motion worksheet, students complete 9 word problems solving for minimum speed, initial height, speed, direction, and magnitude and direction of the velocity of different objects.
Budding artists experiment with balance and movement as they learn about Alex Calder and his kinetic sculptures. They'll view several of Calder's pieces and review biographical information, then they'll work through the artistic process as they create Calder-like sculptures. Tip: There is an intrinsic link between balance, weight, and measurement; explore these ideas with your students as you allow them to experiment with materials. Have them take observation notes that relate all three concepts.