Last week, we had the best time reviewing potential and kinetic energy with roller coasters! My kids were almost as excited about this as they were the first time we played SCOOT. By the way, we are addicted to SCOOT. We play it ALL the time, and the kids never even realize how much work they are doing! Click here to read a little more about SCOOT.
Back on track (no pun intended! :D), we drew roller coasters today after learning about potential and kinetic energy. Each individual student sketched out their roller coaster on their notes with these requirements:
- Must have at least two “hills”
- Must have two carts showing potential energy
- Must have two carts showing kinetic energy
- Must have the cart showing the most potential energy labeled
After the students independently sketched and labeled their drawing and I was able to informally assess them, I put them in small groups to plan and draw a group roller coaster, with the same requirements. They turned out awesome!
Check out the detail on these!
I love the name of this one!
This was a fun, simple way to keep the kids engaged in Science. I love using drawings and interactive elements in Science!
What is one simple, yet engaging activity you have done for Science this year?