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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Roller Coasters

What's full of physics and fun? Roller coasters!

Take a look at what we've been up to this week. First, students explored websites with information and videos related to roller coasters:
Then they began to build and test their own roller coasters in simulated online experiments:
My students were having so much fun! They didn't even realize that they were using the design process, and they began using the terms kinetic energy and potential energy to describe what they were doing.

Today was the big day: students built their own roller coasters using two meters of plastic tubing. 

The roller coaster was a tiny BB.

Using tape, books, desks, chairs, and whatever else they could find, the students experimented with hills and loops to create the most effective and exciting roller coasters possible.

Do you want to bring the excitement of an amusement park to your classroom? Try roller coasters!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Writing Dialogue with Comic Strips

Do you want to have some fun with dialogue? Try using comics. Your students will love it!

My old PowerPoint presentation was ho-hum:

So I decided to add some comics. Frames from The Brain (a public domain comic book) really jazzed it up:

Brenda Kovich, Writing Dialogue with Comics, L.4.2.B

Wow! What a difference! My students actually applauded at the end!

Seven worksheets and a quiz rounded out my new and improved Writing Dialogue unit. A related Pinterest board provided extra practice for school or home. It's everything I need . . . and it's fun(ny) too!

Brenda Kovich, Writing Dialogue with Comics, L.4.2.B