Motion Graphing Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of motion graphing. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Motion Graphing 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Motion Graphing station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Motion Graphing 5E Lesson, students will be able to measure and graph changes in motion using speed and acceleration graphs.

Distance-Learning Ready

The Motion Graphing Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.

Students will use the information they have learned to graph several different motion tests.

The Motion Graphing Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.

Distance-Learning Ready

The Motion Graphing Sub Plan is a complete lesson that takes students through a warm-up, reading passage, independent activity, extension activities, and an assessment.

The worksheets are designed to make your sub day a breeze for you, your students, and the substitute teacher. They are also perfect for distance learning.

Distance-Learning Ready

Motion Graphing Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about motion graphing. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Graphing Escape Room is an immersive experience for your students. It allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of graphing, dependent variables, and independent variables in a fun and engaging format.

Students must use what they have learned to measure and graph changes in motion. They will analyze and observe patterns, cause and effect, scale, proportion, and quantity; structure and function; and stability and change to complete the escape room. Students will also construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object. Also included is a story graph showing positive and negative slope, but emphasis is not placed on slope itself or the mass/speed relationship.

Distance-Learning Ready

Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics.  All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the motion graphing unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • Can you measure and graph changes in motion?
  • Can you interpret an object's motion from a graph?
  • Can you describe the characteristics of a motion graph?
  • MS PS2-1 - Apply Newton’s third law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects
  • MS PS2-2 - Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object
  • TEKS Science 6.8 D - Measure and graph changes in motion

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