4th Grade PLTW Modules

 Energy: Collisions Module



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Energy: Collisions Module

This is the first of three modules fourth grade will complete this year. This module will take place every day during the students' science time from Oct.30th-Dec. 3rd. However, the students will be integrating their science with technology, engineering, math, and language arts. They will also be using the Innovator Skills of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, creativity, and problem-solving throughout this module. 

  • In this modue, students explore the properties of mechanisms and how they change energy by transferring direction, speed, type of movement, and force. Students discover a variety of ways potential energy can be stored and released as kinetic energy. They explain the relationship between the speed of an object and the energy of that object, as well as predict the transfer of energy as a result of a collision between two objects. The design problem is introduced by the story characters, Angelina, Mylo, and Suzi, watching amusement park bumper cars collide. As students solve the problem for this module, they apply their knowledge and skills to develop a vehicle restraint system. Throughout this module, we will be interweaving the Virginia Standards of Learning for science, language arts, math, and social studies.

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