Run and Jump

Has your class wondered how fast a human could run or how high they are capable of jumping? Help them understand these concepts as they explore acceleration and use an accelerometer to make semiquantitative measurements of acceleration in various activities. They also investigate the difference between acceleration and deceleration.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Divide the class into groups and hold a contest for each group to see who can perform the activities at the quickest pace; award a prize to the winners
Classroom Considerations

  • Ensure there is enough room to complete the activities and that the area is free from obstructions
  • Do not overload the ruler with weights, or it may collapse and cause injury
Pros

  • Resource contains multiple activities designed to convey the objectives in detail and engage all types of learners
  • Provides the ability to conduct the experiment outside or inside, depending on weather and environmental conditions
Cons

  • Does not contain a reading passage like most others in this series
  • Document permissions do not allow for printing