Unit Plan

Understanding Car Crashes: It's Basic Physics!

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Make an impact on young physicists with this fun collection of resources. After first watching a video and taking notes on the physics of car crashes, students go on to complete a series of activities that explore the concepts of energy, inertia, and momentum.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use these activities as a series of learning centers that students work through during a physics unit on motion
  • Assign the video and note-taking guide as a homework assignment in your flipped classroom
  • If watching the video as a whole class, periodically stop for students to take notes and discuss key concepts
Classroom Considerations
  • Some activities require materials not typically found in the classroom, so be sure to plan them ahead of time
  • Note-taking guide includes time stamps to support students with locating key information
  • Questions are provided for leading a discussion following a viewing of the video
  • Includes four different hands-on activities, each with their own supporting worksheets
  • Activities suggest ways to extend student learning
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