Why Don't I Fall Out When a Roller Coaster Goes Upside Down?


Resource ID#: 154862 Primary Type: Text Resource

General Information

Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts
Grade Level(s): 6, 7, 8
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: roller coaster, force, gravity, potential energy, kinetic energy, centripetal force, informational text, text complexity, inertia, motion, energy
Instructional Component Type(s): Text Resource
Resource Collection: STEM Reading Resources

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Lesson Plan

The Physics Behind the Fun:

In this lesson, students will analyze an informational text that describes the physics of roller coasters. This informational text is designed to support reading in the content area. The article was written to answer the question, "Why don't I fall out when a roller coaster goes upside down?" The article is an interesting combination of scientific information about physics of roller coasters along with some fun facts. The lesson plan includes text-dependent questions, a writing prompt, answer keys, and a writing rubric.

Type: Lesson Plan