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Q2 Thrill Rides

2. Visual Learning


You have been selected by your teacher to carry out an investigation named, Operation Thrill Rides. You will travel to an amusement park (virtually or online) and investigate the rides to find the most thrilling roller coaster and water ride. Your information will need to be organized in a visual map. You are to organize your rides using a graphic organizer. Organize them into categories, and provide a review of them. 

Key Vocabulary

Graphic organizer: A graphic organizer is a visual and graphic display that depicts the relationships between facts, terms, and or ideas within a learning task. Graphic organizers are also sometimes referred to as concept maps, story maps, advance organizers, storyboards, or concept diagrams.

Visual map: A visual map is the use of pictures to help you solve problems, think about complex issues and communicate more effectively.

I Can Statements

  • create a graphic organizer
  • ​use a graphic organizer to brainstorm a project or presentation


1. To create your graphic organizer, you may wish to review the training videos, select one of the links below. Training Video  

Popplet Training Video

2. Travel to Cedar Point using the virtual pathway below. Locate the rides you feel are the most thrilling roller coaster and water rides. Create categories for types of rides and organize them on the graphic organizer by a category name.

Cedar Point Amusement Park

Roller Coaster:

Image by hounddiggity

3. Create your visual map using one of the links below or an alternate graphic tool (see the additional resources at the bottom of this page, on an app on the list at the right). or Popplet

4. Create a image capture (screen shot).

5. Save it to your File Space.

6. Take this roller coaster survey and make a prediction (click here). 

Completing this Quest

In order to complete this Quest create a screen shot of your graphic organizer and save it to your File Space (or into a digital portfolio). Make sure to have a meeting with your teacher about your File Space or how to turn this in. This is extremely important that you have access to your File Space.

Sample 2.Q2 grading rubric.doc

To earn Expert status  

Explain which Thrill Ride has the most potential energy and which ride would have the most kinetic energy. You must also explain why this would be true. This document needs to be saved to your File Space and presented to your teacher for review.

Having trouble remembering what Kinetic and Potential Energy mean? Try the links below to review.

Definitions of Kinetic and Potential Energy

More interesting information about energy and roller coasters

How roller coasters work

How Stuff Works--Roller Coasters

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

   I have completed this Quest and I am ready for Quest 3

Additional Resources

Additional Resources: 


Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

3. Knowledge Constructor
c. curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods

5. Computational Thinker
b. Collect data or identify relevant data sets

6. Creative Communicator
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations

Common Core Standards

Common Core Science Standards
MS-PS 3 a, b Energy 

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.1 Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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