Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions (Lesson 5)

Grades:
4-6
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will determine how differences between solar cars affected their functionality. Students will make claims based off of quantitative and qualitative data. Students will engage in scientific talk based off of their own observations when constructing and testing solar cars. Students will complete a journaling activity that outlines their processes relating to making conclusions.
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5
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Carol Patrick
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1 hour
Solar Car Race

Collect Data...Then Compare and Contrast (Lesson 4)

Grades:
4-6
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will:Compare and contrast forces acting on the system by examining the results of the solar car races.Explain the mechanics of gear ratios and demonstrate the most useful ratio to use when constructing solar cars.Explain the benefits of employing a pulley-system in their car construction. Students will understand the importance of selecting measurable, specific variables to compare in their data collection process in order to make evidence-based claims.
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4
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1 hour

Build Solar Cars (Lesson 3)

Grades:
4-6
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will construct a geared solar car, a pulley-system solar car, or both. Students will make verbal predictions about the outcomes and viabilities of different types of solar cars. Students will pinpoint the independent, dependent, and control variables in their solar car testing process.
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3
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Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min

Solar Cars Science Investigation (Lesson 2)

Grades:
4-6
Learning Goal(s):
Students will design an investigation to test solar vehicles. They will determine which particular materials they will use in the testing of their chosen format. Students will allow for redesign to take place by determining variables that can be manipulated in a measurable format. Students will determine data that will be useful to collect in the testing of their vehicle design.
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2
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Carol Patrick
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50 min

Gears vs. Pulleys on Solar Cars (Lesson 1)

Grades:
4-6
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will design an investigation to test differences between solar vehicles. They will make claims based on backing evidence, without having directly tested their vehicles before this point. They will use background knowledge regarding pulleys and gears in order to begin the design process. Students will determine which specific design they will be moving forward with for the next lesson.
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Lesson Number:
1
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Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min