Physics Fun With Cars

Benjamin Lewis, Torrence Creek Elementary School

Final Unit (PDF)

Implementing Common Core Standards (PDF)

200 Word Synopsis

My unit theme is Physics Fun with Cars, which I wrote to appeal to my male students.    Students will complete hands on activities that are all centered around the idea of cars and racing.  The activities and experiments are centered around the Common Core Essential Standards.  To align with Common Core, I recommend this unit be taught to fifth grade Science students.  The unit includes a large amount of technology usage including websites, videos, and student created video content.  Each activity will help students gain an understanding of Newton’s Laws of Force and Motion, and the Universal Law of Gravitation.  Students will use Hot Wheels cars to discover how and why things work the way they do in real life.