Wednesday, July 22, 2015

STEM Library Lesson: Making a Roller coaster

TEKS 3rd grade 6 Force, Motion, and Energy: The student knows that forces cause change and that energy exists in many forms. The student is expected to: (b) demonstrate and observe how position and motion can be changed by pushing and pulling objects to show work being done such as swings, balls, pulleys, and wagons (c) observe forces such as magnetism and gravity acting on objects

Objective: Students will review how to access the e-books and databases. Students will also review force motion and energy looking at roller coasters.

Materials 

BIG Roller Coasters

BIG Roller Coasters
(This comes in print if you don't have the e-book.)

Website on constructing roller coasters
Image result for constructing roller coaster public domain
Google "constructing roller coaster" there are lots of sites out there that will give students a chance to build a roller coaster on-line. Try it out first, before you share it with students to make sure it works.
Image result for computer public domain
Databases where students can find out more about force, motion, swings and pulleys (Search these terms in the on-line encyclopedia before you ask the students to look to ensure they have a successful search.)

Activity 
Students will review how to access the Capstone e-book collection.
The whole class will participate in a digital story time using the Capstone book on roller coasters.
As students listen to the e-book, they will stop at various points to turn and talk about the book.
Databases will be used by students to look up key terms such as force, motion, swings and pulleys.
The teacher/librarian will show students the website they can use to build a roller coaster.
Divide students into groups and let them build a roller coaster on-line.

Closure
Students will share there roller coaster they built and the information they found on the database. Students will also learn where to find engineering and roller coaster books in the library.

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