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Jessica Magnuson 20 Points

I am looking for some anchoring phenomena activities for the following standards. Does anyone have any resources or ideas?

Physical Science: Plan an investigation using Newton's First and Second Laws to provide evidence that the change in an object's motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object

Physical Science: Apply Newton's Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.

Physical Science: Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and/or the speed of an object.

Physical Science: Using a model, descibe how the different amoungs of potential energy in a system changes when the object's distance changes.

Physical Science: Construct and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object.

Pamela Dupre 92369 Points

https://media.clemson.edu/education/iim/documents/anchoring-event.pdf

https://www.ngssphenomena.com/

http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2017/06/26/how-to-choose-good-phenomena/

There are so many resources but NSTA is my main 'go to' for science. Hopefully, you will find valuable information here.

Nicholas Webber 260 Points

I'm not sure if you are still looking but you can check out openscied.org for complete units. The one on physical science for eighth graders was particularly effective.

Christopher Like 340 Points

I am not completely sure what grade level you are looking for.

4th grade- Speedometry is good from Hot Wheels

Middle School- I would go with OpenSciEd.org for lessons.

High school- I have used shooting a bow in my physics class. They can calcuate how far it should go based on elastic potential and projetile motion and then try it.

Kevin Anton 50 Points

Regarding the first standard mentioned, something that worked particularly well for me was using a tug of war video (an international competition) and having students model an explanation for the strategy used to win. This was done before learning any of the specific types of forces. After drawing, they compared with peers and would ask certain questions on post its that they would place all over the walls which would then be organized by question type. Some questions include, 'what are their shoes made of?', 'why is the floor different?', 'What aren't they using their arms?', etc...

Here is just one example of a video you can use. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It9tfX8Ux2o

I found that the questions the students asked provided a reason to investigate forces. As I taught, I would refer to their questions posted all over the walls and slowly resolve each question as we came to it.

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