Graphing Forces and Motion NGSS PS2.A: Kinetic Energy & Speed Google Ready


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If you are teaching your students how to understand graphs and NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea PS2.A: Forces and Motion, this resource is a great scaffold or assessment! Students discover that kinetic energy exponentially increases as speed increases resulting in more fatalities in car crashes. This resource is great as a warm up/bell ringer, homework or sub plan.

This resource is now Distance Learning optional! You get a link to make a virtual copy for Google Classroom!

This resource includes the following:

-Student Handout


-Editable PowerPoint for teacher tips, classroom instructions and pacing

-Google Ready Link for Distance Learning

-Google Classroom tutorials

This resource includes the Concepts:

-Interpreting Graphs

-Kinetic Energy


-Exponential Relationship

NGSS Disciplinary Core Idea (DCI):

PS2.A:  Forces and Motion– All positions of objects and the directions of forces and motions must be described in an arbitrarily chosen reference frame and arbitrarily chosen units of size. In order to share information with other people, these choices must also be shared. (MS-PS2-2)

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices (SEP):

Engaging in Argument from Evidence

Engaging in argument from evidence in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to constructing a convincing argument that supports or refutes claims for either explanations or solutions about the natural and designed world(s).

Construct and present oral and written arguments supported by empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon or a solution to a problem. (MS-PS2-4)

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Scientific investigations produce data that must be analyzed in order to derive meaning. Because data patterns and trends are not always obvious, scientists use a range of tools—including tabulation, graphical interpretation, visualization, and statistical analysis—to identify the significant features and patterns in the data. Scientists identify sources of error in the investigations and calculate the degree of certainty in the results. Modern technology makes the collection of large data sets much easier, providing secondary sources for analysis.

NGSS Cross Cutting Concepts (CCC):


Observed patterns of forms and events guide organization and classification, and they prompt questions about relationships and the factors that influence them. 

Stability and Change

Explanations of stability and change in natural or designed systems can be constructed by examining the changes over time and forces at different scales.  (MS-PS2-2)

Cause and Effect

Events have causes, sometimes simple, sometimes multifaceted. Deciphering causal relationships, and the mechanisms by which they are mediated, is a major activity of science and engineering.


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