SURGE Curriculum Design

The SURGE project is creating, implementing, and evaluating a two-week long, standards-based, 8th grade curriculum addressing core national and Arizona standards for force and motion, including advanced concepts from the high school standards. This curriculum will include assessment tools for measuring student learning in terms of physics content and problem solving skills building on cutting-edge conceptual change and misconceptions research to facilitate teachers’ insightful formative assessment of students’ understandings in addition to standard summative assessment functionalities.

Curriculum Outline (Instructional Goals and Relevant Standards Addressed)

Unit Instructional Goals NSES AAAS AZ
U1 R1 Newton’s 1st Law: An object will continue to travel in a straight line at a constant speed unless a net force acts on it. 8th
12th
8th 8th
12th
U1 R1 Frictional and gravitational forces: Understanding the effect of frictional and gravitational forces on the motion of objects. 8th
12th
8th
12th
12th
U2 R2 R5 Newton’s 2nd Law: F=ma. Examining the relationship between net force, mass, and acceleration; using vectors to determine net force. 8th
12th
12th 8th
12th
U2 R2 R6 Basic kinematics: Describing motion and recognizing the relationships among position, velocity, and acceleration. 8th
12th
8th 8th
12th
U3 R3 Newton’s 3rd Law: When one object exerts a force on another, a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction is exerted on first object. 12th 12th 8th
12th
U3 R3 Momentum: Role of momentum in collisions between objects.     12th
U4 R4 Inertial reference frames.   12th