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Speed Phenomena Lesson

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Anna O'Brien Anna O'Brien 1350 Points


I am a student teacher and I am looking for a phenomenon that I can use to introduce speed to 6th graders. If anyone has any ideas, that would be amazing! 

Hanna Schmitt Hanna Schmitt 380 Points

Hi Anna, 

I am currently a pre-service teacher attending Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. I recently attended an online NSTA professional development opportunity called "Transforming Science Learning: Phenomena Drive Instruction" that seems related to your topic. This seminar introduced me to a great resource for finding phenomena to use in the classroom. The website allows you to search for phenomena and explore different possibilities. Here is the link: https://www.ngssphenomena.com

I hope you can find something your 6th graders will enjoy!

Hanna Schmitt

Mandy Medlin Mandy Medlin 580 Points

You can do something as simple as having them slow walk, then normal walk, then jog, then run. You can ask them what the difference between the 4 things were. Which one would be the one to use if you wanted to get somewhere fast? Which one would take the longest? etc. Talk about energy and speed (more energy, more speed)


For online teaching you can have them stand up and do each of these in place.

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