Theme park science

Topics: Energy, Force, Amusement park Pages: 11 (830 words) Published: February 2, 2014
Year Level: 8 Theme / Unit: Theme Park ScienceDuration: Term 2 (10weeks)

Theme / Unit Overview:
Students will learn about different types of forces in relation to theme parks. They will learn how they are measured, and the interrelationship between force and energy. They will also study how forces and energy can be effectively used in simple machines. Learning Outcomes

Core Content
Working Scientifically
Core Syllabus Outcomes

SS.1
SS.2
SS.3

EC.1
EC.2

NPM.2

Core content and depth of coverage will vary between groups
This unit is based around Chapters 5, 6, & 10 Science. World 1 Amusement Park Rides
Types
Safety
Pushes and Pulls
Forces around you
Friction
The pull of gravity
Energy
What is energy?
Forms of energy
Energy comes – energy goes
How things work
Simple machines
Pulleys and gears
Electrical things
Lab Report Writing (Genre of the Report)
Handling materials safely
Hypothesising
Looking for patterns and meaning
Seeking reasons
Performing experiments – using a microscope
Engaging with problems
Predicting
Observing
Participating
Applying ideas and contexts
Drawing conclusions
Generalising
Making links
Creating diagrams, tables and graphs
Using scientific terminology
Describing
Discussing
Inferring

Assessment

Assignment:: Making a Rollercoaster (due week 6)

Exam (week 7)

Experiment write-up: Levers (week 8)

TOPIC

LEARNING OUTCOMES
No OF LESSONS

CONTENT

LEARNING EXPERIENCES

TEXT / RESOURCES
WEEK 1
Amusement Parks

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INTRODUCTION TO UNIT
Outline term work and assessments (form groups)
Brainstorm – What makes for a good ride at the fair or an amusement park? Brainstorm – What do we need to study in order to design an amusement park ride? Types Of Amusement Park Rides
Parts of a ride – hills, loops etc.

ENERGY
Energy – brainstorming.
What is energy?
Measuring energy (Joules)
Forms of Energy: Kinetic, Potential, Elastic, Chemical, Nuclear, Sound, Heat, Light, Electrical.

EXPERIMENT - Teacher choice/work stations
Kinetic energy
Potential energy
Gravitational energy
Elastic energy
Heat energy
Sound energy

Write notes

Concept map

Butchers paper activity

Demos: Eg. Newton’s Cradle, Burning candle

Experiment

Internet

Science World 1 pg102 - 107

Science 8 pages 203 -215
WEEK 2
Energy conversions & Transfers

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ENERGY CHANGES
What is an energy change?
Law of conservation
Waste energy
Rollercoaster – change of energy

FORCES
Brainstorming what constitutes a force
Types of forces (contact & non-contact)
Direction and strength of forces.
Motion (Newton’s 2nd Law)

EXPERIMENT
Effects of a force
Measuring forces
Link to Lift Hills (pdf)

Worksheets
Notes
Exercises pg 110-111

Notes
Activity p81.
Exercises 1-5 pg87

Experiment
Experiment

Science World 1 pg107-108, 113, 114

Science World 1

Science 8 Page 196
Science World 1 pg86
PDF – Designing A rollercoaster
WEEK 3
Forces

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FORCES
Balanced and unbalanced forces (Newton’s 3rd Law), link to Bumper Cars How is speed different to velocity?
Question: You are a passenger in a car that is turning left and you find yourself thrown against the door to your right. Is there a force pushing you toward the door? Inertia

EXPERIMENT
Inertia – Plasticine man (Newton’s 1st Law)

VIDEO
Ultimate Thrill Rides
Discuss assignment in detail

Activity: Chinese get-ups, tug-of-war & Celtic wrestling
Role-play being on a rollercoaster.
Exercises 6-9 pg 88

Worksheet

Discussion & Question Worksheet

Handout

Science World 1

Handout

Handout
WEEK 4
Friction

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FRICTION
“What is friction?”
Friction in every day life.
Reducing friction....
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