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Activity Overview

Scalar quantities only have magnitude (size) and no direction, like time, energy, and length. Vector quantities have both magnitude and direction. Vectors can be represented by arrows. The length of the arrow represents the magnitude of the quantity and the head represents the direction. Velocity and forces are examples of vectors. In order to completely understand a force, you need to know both the size of the force, but also the direction the force is acting in.

In this activity, students will create a T Chart that identifies and illustrates scalar and vector quantities. Give students a list of quantities and have them sort them into either vector or scalar quantities, or let students choose the quantities themselves.To support students who need help, print out the example storyboard, cut it up, and have students put it back together as a card sort.

Examples of Vectors and Scalars

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Template and Class Instructions

(These instructions are completely customizable. After clicking "Use This Assignment With My Students", update the instructions on the Edit Tab of the assignment.)

Student Instructions

Create a T Chart that identifies and illustrates examples of scalar and vector quantities.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Label the first column as Vector and the second as Scalar.
  3. Think of three examples of each and write them in the boxes underneath each cell.
  4. Use a combinations of scenes, characters, and props to create a visualization to represent each example.
  5. Save and submit the assignment.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Sorting Assignment
Sort the terms into the correct categories and add visualizations to illustrate them.
33 Points
16 Points
0 Points
Sorting the Terms
Nearly all the terms are correctly sorted into the cells.
Most of the terms are correctly sorted into the cells.
Some of the cells are correctly sorted into the cells.
There are a range of visualizations to illustrate the terms in each category.
There are some visualizations to illustrate the terms in each category.
There are few or no visualizations to illustrate the terms in each category.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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