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Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration Activities
for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of speed, velocity, and acceleration. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration 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 Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration 5E Lesson, students will be able to calculate average speed using distance and time. They will also be able to differentiate speed, velocity, and acceleration.

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

Students will investigate how the steepness of a ramp affects the speed of a toy car. They will measure distance and time, calculate speed, and create a distance-time graph of their results.

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

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Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about speed, velocity, and acceleration. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Escape Rooms

The Speed, Velocity, and Acceleration Escape Room is an immersive experience for your students. It allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of these principles in a fun and engaging way.

Students must use what they have learned to identify and describe the changes in position, direction, and speed of an object when acted upon by unbalanced forces, to calculate average speed using distance and time measurements, to measure and graph changes in motion, and to differentiate between speed, velocity, and acceleration. Students need to 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, and 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 to complete the escape room.

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.

Visual Data & Graphing

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.

Bell Ringers and Warm-Ups

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.

Review Board Games

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 speed, velocity, and acceleration unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • How do you calculate average speed?
  • What is the difference between speed, velocity, and acceleration?
  • TEKS Science 8.6 B - Differentiate between speed, velocity, and acceleration
  • TEKS Science 6.8 C - Calculate average speed using distance and time measurements

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