This WebQuest is designed for seven-eight grade students willing to explore the scientific topics of physical sciences. Students will be fully engaged in books, videos, and experiments. This Webquest is designed for students to be able to gain factual knowledge about forces. They will be able to take a journey through the simulation of a roller coaster and learn about all the variables that go into it. The students will have an opportunity to read about the different forces. The students will also have a great time applying their knowledge through experience by creating a roller coaster design of their own. This model will help make the concepts concrete for students and allow them to experience the lesson being taught.
This Webquest is intended for seven or eight grader students who are eager to learn and willing to explore. This Webquest would be great for a group of students in a Science class who are studying the scientific reasoning for the different forces.
S:PS3:8:1.1 Explain that the force of gravity gets stronger the closer one gets to an object and decreases the further away one gets from it.
S:PS3:8:1.2 Recognize the general concepts related to gravitational force.
S:PS3:8:2.2 Explain how the motion of an object can be described by its position, direction of motion, and speed; and illustrate how that motion can be measured and represented graphically.
S:PS3:8:2.1 Explain that an object in motion that is unaffected by a force will continue to move at a constant speed and in a
Earth Space Sciences
S:ESS2:8:3.5 Explain how gravitational force affects objects in the Solar System
S:ESS2:8:3.2 Explain the effects of gravitational force on the planets and their moons.
For this WebQuest, you will need access to a computer (any kind- PC or Mac will do just fine) and/or individual computers for your class (if the project is to be completed in class). Your students will need access to a computer either at home or at school. It may be helpful to provide access to a computer at school for those students who do not have access to a computer at home. It is essential that you have Internet access in order to view and complete this WebQuest. You will need a version of Microsoft Word and/or Adobe Acrobat to access the journal entry worksheet. I highly recommend Microsoft Word as it is easier to use and more appropriate for fourth grade students. The journal entry is available in Microsoft Word or PDF. For the experiment, you may need to provide materials for students to complete the activity in class (outside of class time, of course) under certain circumstances.
The website used for the WebQuest can be found in credits.