Student Exploration: Force and Fan Carts
Prior Knowledge Questions
1. If you are pushing a shopping cart and you start pushing harder, what happens?
If you start pushing a cart harder, it begins to speed up.
2. What happens to a shopping cart if you get i

Student Exploration: Distance-Time Graphs
Prior Knowledge Questions:
Max ran 100 feet in 10 seconds. Molly ran 60 feet in 5 seconds.
1. Who ran farther, Max or Molly? Max ran farther.
2. Who ran faster? Molly ran faster.
3. Explain: Molly ran 12 feet each

Student Exploration: Inclined Plane Simple Machine
Prior Knowledge Questions
Jan is moving to a new apartment. She needs to load her sofa and other large furniture into a
moving van. The rear of the moving van is 1.5 meters high.
1. What could Jan use to

Student Exploration: Unit Conversions
Prior Knowledge Questions:
Sara lives in Toronto, Canada, while her cousin Michael lives in Detroit, Michigan. They like to
compare how fast they are growing up.
1. Sara tells Michael she is 160 centimeters tall, whil

Student Exploration: Adding Vectors
Prior-Knowledge Questions:
Starting at her house (point A), Ava drives 5 miles east to visit her
friend Bernice (point B). She then drives 12 miles north to visit
Christine (point C). Finally, she drives directly back h

Student Exploration: Shoot the Monkey
Prior Knowledge Questions:
Eccentric billionaire Veda Hussert has invented a banana cannon to help feed the monkeys on
her personal wildlife preserve. To feed a monkey high in the trees, simply aim the cannon at the
m

Student Exploration: Golf Range
Prior Knowledge Questions
1. You are in a contest with your friends to see who can drive a golf ball the farthest. Should
you hit a line drive (low to the ground) or a shot with a very high angle? Explain.
You should hit th

Student Exploration: Determining a Spring Constant
Prior Knowledge Questions
1. At the grocery store, you put a watermelon on a produce scale.
This causes the spring to stretch as shown. How far will the
spring stretch if you add another watermelon of equ

Student Exploration: Free Fall Tower
Prior Knowledge Questions:
1. Patty climbs a tree. While sitting on a branch, she drops a leaf and an acorn at the same
time. What would happen? The acorn would hit the ground faster.
2. Patty decides to try another ex

Student Exploration: Distance-Time and Velocity-Time Graphs
Prior Knowledge Questions:
Dora runs one lap around the track, finishing where she started. Clark
runs a 100-yard dash along the straight side of the track.
1. Which runner traveled a greater dis