Ch 18: Teaching Resources for High School Physics

About This Chapter

Help your high school students get a firmer grasp of various physics concepts by implementing these lesson plans into your classroom. Text lessons supplement your conventional lesson plans with fun activities and assignments to reinforce the physics material you are covering in class.

Teaching Resources for High School Physics - Chapter Summary

Make learning physics more engaging for your students by using the suggestions found in the lesson plans comprising this chapter. Students can work in groups or complete individual assignments that emphasize creativity and fun competitiveness to help students retain the physics information that has been discussed in class. Some lessons also provide short videos and vocabulary word reviews to further help students with their physics studies.

You'll find lessons addressing such topics as energy, solar energy, gravity, density, bar graphs and states of matter, as well as lab safety, science fair project ideas and scientific notation.

How It Helps

  • Curriculum standards: Ensures your physics lesson plans meet education standards.
  • Activities or games: Outlines classroom and homework activities and projects that encourage classroom participation and provide a different approach your students will enjoy.
  • Class discussion questions/topics: Suggests topics to elicit classroom discussions that might address material not covered in your standard lesson plans.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to making planning physics lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific physics topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your physics class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related physics lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important aspects of physics from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant physics activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

16 Lessons in Chapter 18: Teaching Resources for High School Physics
Energy Lesson Plan

1. Energy Lesson Plan

Does your class know what energy is? A video lesson carries students through general facts and an in-class activity gives students a chance to relate them to personal experience.

Solar Energy Lesson Plan

2. Solar Energy Lesson Plan

How does solar energy work? A video lesson outlines key information for students while a fun in-class competition puts it to the test. Related lessons and extensions help you take this topic further if you choose.

Lab Safety Lesson Plan

3. Lab Safety Lesson Plan

This lesson plan allows students to learn lab safety in a fun, creative way. Begin the lesson with a short video and then have students work independently, creating comics that can be posted around the room that remind students of the lab rules.

Science Fair Project: Ideas & Questions

4. Science Fair Project: Ideas & Questions

This lesson will walk you through the process involved in developing student science projects. It will provide insight on how you can structure the overall process and identify common struggles students may encounter along the way.

Science Notebook Rubric Examples

5. Science Notebook Rubric Examples

This lesson will provide different strategies for developing appropriate science notebook rubrics for elementary, middle school, or high school classrooms. Read on for some examples of such rubrics you can use to complement your science lessons.

Sink or Float Lesson Plan

6. Sink or Float Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson to teach your students about buoyancy, gravity, and density. Have students make calculations to predict buoyancy, then experiment with water.

Cause and Effect Lesson Plan

7. Cause and Effect Lesson Plan

Use this Study.com lesson plan to teach your students about cause/effect relationships, then discuss aspects like temporal precedence and correlation. Practice the concept with scenarios and familiar text.

Scientific Notation Lesson Plan

8. Scientific Notation Lesson Plan

Use Study.com's video lesson on scientific notation to practice the rules required to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers that are written in scientific notation. End the lesson with a game that allows students to practice their skills.

States of Matter Lesson Plan

9. States of Matter Lesson Plan

Add some excitement to your instruction on the states of matter with the help of a Study.com text lesson and an interactive classroom activity. If you'd like to take this topic further, use the supplementary activities and related lessons.

Scatter Plot Lesson Plan

10. Scatter Plot Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students will analyze data sets and solve word problems using scatter plots. After completing the practice activity, students will have a better understanding of the practicality of using scatter plots to organize and answer questions about bivariate data sets.

Bar Graph Lesson Plan

11. Bar Graph Lesson Plan

Students learning about bar graphs will enjoy this Study.com video lesson. Define and identify different types of bar graphs, then put learning to the test with a hands-on activity.

Making Predictions Lesson Plan

12. Making Predictions Lesson Plan

Teaching your students to make predictions is a good way to increase comprehension. This Study.com lesson teaches students to activate prior knowledge to make predictions, and students practice the skill with an engaging activity.

Simple Machines Lesson Plan

13. Simple Machines Lesson Plan

What is a simple machine? A video lesson informs students of the basics and an in-class design activity gives students a chance to build their own. Options and resources for ongoing instruction are included as well.

Problem Solving Lesson Plan

14. Problem Solving Lesson Plan

Problems come in all shapes and sizes, and so do solutions. Help your students learn different problem solving methods using this engaging video based lesson plan. Next, students define types of problems, then identify solutions using familiar text.

Gravity Lesson Plan

15. Gravity Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students explore how the force of gravity is affected by the masses of and distance between objects. The lesson contains a video, which students will watch in order to synthesize what they know to create examples of both strong and weak gravitational attractions.

Density Lesson Plan

16. Density Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces students to the formula for density, allows them to practice, and then finishes with a lab where students calculate the densities of various substances and then make predictions about how those substances will layer when mixed.

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