This fun and engaging activity gets your students thinking deeply and putting their knowledge of balanced and unbalanced forces to the test. This is a great assignment to combine English language arts and science. By using the word bank provided, students complete the reading assignment covering forces. This lesson was created for elementary and middle school students and is great practice to help students reinforce the concepts of forces, balanced and unbalanced forces, net force, and basic physics . This activity includes two versions, one for interactive notebooks and one that can be used as a traditional homework assignment, quiz, or in class activity. Activity is ready to go with NO PREP REQUIRED! Would work well with a sub if desired.
This lesson covers both common core concepts as well as Next Generation Science Standards NGSS concepts. Highly engaging, high level thinking activity / lesson. Concepts covered include force, balanced forces, unbalanced forces, net forces, and how to calculate simple net force problems. High level thinking strategies and differentiated activities allow for different learning styles. Teacher key, teacher guide, downloadable fonts, and links to additional resources included at no additional cost! Approximately one class period in length. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class and generally complete this lesson in one day. Created by Mister Science.
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Common Core Standards addressed in this lesson:
Analyze the author's purpose in providing an explanation, describing a procedure, or discussing an experiment in a text.
This standard is met when students read the author’s description of forces and follow the procedure to determine the motion of an object.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
This standard is met when students compare the description of net forces in the text and compare them to the diagrams illustrating those concepts.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this lesson:
3-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
3-PS2-2. Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.
This standard is met when students use the data provided in the reading to calculate force. Students can then determine if an object is moving, and in what direction.
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