The Chart That Motion Interactive is an adjustable-size file that displays nicely on tablets such as the iPad, on Chromebooks, and on laptops and desktops. The size of the Interactive can be scaled to fit the device that it is displayed on. The compatibility with iPads, other tablets, and Chromebooks make it a perfect tool for use in a 1:1 classroom. This Interactive does not display as nicely on all phones and we do not recommend its use on many phones.


Teaching Ideas and Suggestions:

This Interactive is intended for use near the middle to later stages of a learning cycle on work and energy. The Interactive provides a skill-building opportunity for learners. Concepts of work, potential energy, kinetic energy, energy transformation, and energy conservation must be used to identify the match between a given bar chart and the corresponding verbal description of the motion. It is recommended that learners have had at least some exposure to work-energy bar charts before beginning the Interactive. The Bar Chart Illustrations reading from the Tutorial (see Related Resources - Reading below) and the Work-Energy Bar Chart Concept Development sheet (See Related Resources - Curriculum/Practice below) would provide ample exposure to the topic. The intention is that after reading, instruction, and bar charting practice, a classroom could navigate to Chart That Motion and use the Interactive as an assessment/learning tool. The availability of the stars in the Progress Report allows a teacher to quickly check-off progress on a per-student basis (if desired).

Our Chart That Motion skill building exercise is now equipped with Task Tracker functionality. Learn more.

Related Resources

There are numerous resources at The Physics Classroom website that serve as very complementary supports for the Chart That Motion Interactive. These include:
  • Minds On Physics Internet Modules:
    The Minds On Physics Internet Modules include a collection of interactive questioning modules that help learners assess their understanding of physics concepts and solidify those understandings by answering questions that require higher-order thinking. Assignments WE3, WE4, WE5, and (especially) WE6 of the Work and Energy module provide great complements to this Interactive. They are best used in the middle to later stages of the learning cycle. Visit the Minds On Physics Internet Modules.

  • Curriculum/Practice: Several Concept Development worksheets at the Curriculum Corner will be very useful in assisting students in cultivating their understanding, most notably ...

    Work-Energy Relationships
    Work-Energy Bar Charts
    Energy Relationships

    Visit the Curriculum Corner.

Additional resources and ideas for incorporating Chart That Motion into an instructional unit on work and energy can be found at the Teacher Toolkits section of The Physics Classroom website.  Visit Teacher Toolkits.

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