Part of Unit: Engine Systems
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Introduce students to the operational theory and practical service techniques of the automotive starting system. Students will be introduced to the specialized diagnostic and service equipment required to perform these tasks. Students will also understand how to interpret customer complaints as they relate to this system.
- 1 Class Period
- 3 Hours
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- T.C.C1.5 Use appropriate personal protective equipment and safety practices.
- T.FS.4.4 Understand the role and function of tools, equipment, and machines in the latest...
- T.FS.5.1 Apply appropriate problem-solving strategies and critical thinking skills to wor...
- T.FS.5.2 Understand the universal, systematic problem-solving model that incorporates inp...
- T.FS.5.3 Use critical thinking skills to make informed decisions and solve problems.
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.9-10.LS.C.1.1 Formulate judgments about the ideas under discussion and support those judgments...
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.5 Extend ideas presented in primary or secondary sources through original analysis...3
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.6 Demonstrate use of sophisticated learning tools by following technical direction...2
- M.7.AF.1.1 Use variables and appropriate operations to write an expression, an equation, an...23
- M.7.AF.1.5 Represent quantitative relationships graphically and interpret the meaning of a ...31
Objectives and Goals
- Understand starter system theory and operation.
- Identify, describe, and competently use specialized tools and equipment used to measure voltage, current, and resistance in a circuit.
- Describe industry standards for the diagnostics and repair of the starting and charging systems.
- Demonstrate understanding of professional practices and principles in performing the diagnostics and repair of the starting system.
- Demonstrate safe shop work habits and practices when performing the diagnostics and repair of the starting system.
Activities in this Lesson
- Did this happen to you? What did you do? - Hooks / Set
Students are asked at the beginning of class, "You get in your car and turn the key and nothing happens." How many of you have had this happen to you or somebody you know? What did you do? Asking these open ended questions opens a dialog and draws upon the student's experiences while also introducing the key components of the starting system and some of the different diagnostic and service methods. Students always have colorful no-crank stories and sometimes novel solutions.
- PowerPoint - Lecture
Use the Starting System PowerPoint to introduce starter theory and service. Each laboratory group will follow along the lecture with a starter core/rebuildable starter for use in identifying the components shown during lecture in the PowerPoint. I will clarify and reinforce key terms and topics during lecture through use of the student's starter cores.
- F:\Auto 110\Chapter 28 Starting.ppt [ Download ] null
- Starter Lab Demo - Demo / Modeling
I will demonstrate how to complete the Starting System Work-sheet using the shop demonstration vehicle. I will introduce the DMM (Digital Multi-Meter) and the VAT- (Voltage-Ampereage Tester) and demonstrate how they are connected and used. Students will be taken through the entire lab work-sheet before being asked to perform the laboratory exercise themselves. Students will wear safety glasses and cover-alls at all times while in the shop area.
- Starting Worksheet1.doc [ Download ]
Students will work in groups of four to perform pages 1-9 of the Starting & Charging Laboratory assignment. Students inspect battery condition, test battery for drains, calculate specific gravity, perform a heavy load test, current draw test, and a voltage drop test. Students will observe safe shop practices at all times while demonstrating competency in using the DMM and VAT-40. Students are continually monitored to insure they are wearing their safety glasses and cover-alls while maintaining safe shop practices at all times while in the shop area.
- lab1instr.pdf [ Download ]
- Activity #5 - Closure
All students will clean up the shop area 20 minutes before the end of class and, upon completion of the cleanup, assemble back in the classroom area. I will display assorted google.com/startingsystem/photos in sequence and have students identify the different starting system types and components. I will do this until the end of class.
- Assessment Types:
- Projects, Demonstrations, Teacher-Made Test, Observations,
I will walk around the class monitoring the student’s participation and answer any questions that arise. During the lab exercise I will ensure that the students wear their safety glasses and always practice shop safety. I will assist students in the lab if needed and give constructive feedback when necessary. Students will turn in their completed Starting Worksheet, explain their results, and make recommendations for repair, if any.