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Kinetic Energy & Graphing Relationships of Mass and Speed Middle School Science Unit – NGSS MS PS3-1

Kinetic energy

Get a little help covering NGSS MG PS3-1 or Utah SEEd 8.2.1 with your 6th, 7th, or 8th grade science class!

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Students will analyze graphs and construct graphs to show that mass and speed increase kinetic energy. This resource starts with a slide show on kinetic energy and phenomena.

This resource includes a PowerPoint slideshow with a strategic notetaking guide, response pages, a quiz, and answer keys for everything.

This resource was designed to align with standards NGSS MS PS3-1 and Utah SEEd 8.2.1.

Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object.


Use computational thinking to analyze data about the relationship between the mass and speed of objects to the relative amount of kinetic energy of the objects. Emphasis should be on the quantity of mass and relative speed to the observable effects of the kinetic energy. Examples could include a full cart vs. an empty cart or rolling spheres with different masses down a ramp to measure the effects on stationary masses. Calculations of kinetic and potential energy will be learned at the high school level.

Utah SEEd 8.2.1

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This unit made the concepts so easy to understand and the students loved illustrating them in the labs. Great all-around unit.

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I used this for the eighth grade Utah SEEd. It is a great resource and aligns well. The slide show was great for teaching concepts and the students loved the easy to do labs!

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