Editable Newsletter and Study Notes: Newton’s Laws of Motion

Editable Newsletter and Study Notes:  Newton’s Laws of Motion
Editable Newsletter and Study Notes:  Newton’s Laws of Motion
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Purpose of this product?
I created this product because I needed to give my students accurate and concise notes with a paper saving newsletter attached.

How can you edit this product?
Everything in here (pictures and text) can be moved and deleted. I have black and white versions in both power point 2003 and power point 2010.

What is included?
• There are 3 project ideas provided for this topic.
• There are 5 questions (correct answers are included).
• There are 15 defined vocabulary words and concepts.
1. Acceleration
2. balanced forces
3. direction
4. force
5. friction
6. inertia
7. mass
8. net force
9. newton
10. newton’s 1st law
11. newton’s 2nd law
12. newton’s 3rd law
13. Speed
14. unbalanced force
15. velocity
• There are 8 examples with illustrations of Newton’s laws of motion. Two pictures for Newton’s 1st law of motion, 4 pictures for Newton’s 2nd law of motion, and two pictures for Newton’s 3rd law of motion.

Why does the administration love it?
Mainly because every topic they would ask about (objectives, notes, projects geared towards learning styles, and practice state questions) were already covered in this one page handout.

Why do parents love it?
For those surprise meetings, I would just grab an extra copy of this newsletter to discuss. It covered all of the parents’ concerns. The parents liked knowing what to expect and how to use this handout every week so that they could quiz their children at home. For some parents I would send out an extra pdf copy of these notes (pdf copies worked best for parents who downloaded the notes onto their phone).

Why did the students love it?
The students liked the structure of knowing and having a week’s worth of notes on one page. There were no surprises for them and they were entertained by the pictures.

Extra Ideas:
If you like for your students to copy these notes by hand I did that too. I had these notes up on the board to copy. For those students who could not see the board they had this handy printout (yay!) .
I made them copy the notes onto a foldable. The students folded a piece of paper (hot dog style), cut slits, wrote the terms on the top side of the slits, wrote the definitions on the inside of the corresponding slit, and when finished would quiz each other in the classroom. By doing this, each student had gone over the topic and had a personalized interactive study guide.

Classroom management:
I started this technique at a rural school with an inner city atmosphere and it worked wonders for me. I had the principal, parents, teachers, and even the students back me up on this simple assertive discipline.
Every time a student misbehaved I had them copy down 5 sentences from their notes. This worked wonders!!! Remember, it is not the severity of the punishment but the consistency.
I have no qualms about a student copying 5 sentences off of their science notes as long as they did it. If the student was misbehaving then he/she was obviously not learning the material. If the student copied the notes then the material was consciously, or unconsciously, being absorbed by their mind. At the very least he or she was getting some material through motor memory.

For example:
If a student got out of his/her seat without permission --> 5 sentences.
If a student cussed me out --> 5 sentences.
If a student complained about writing 5 sentences --> 5 sentences.

It was such an easy punishment that peer pressure usually induced the students to complete the task! They would even pressure themselves to finish it by the end of the day. If a student refused to write the sentences then it was a write up for EVERYTHING that he/she had done. It was usually a long list that the student wouldn't be able to defend against any parent, sibling, or principal.

The parents would be upset at their child for NOT writing the sentences and taking the write up instead. Those parents gave me their number to call during class so that they could make sure their child finished their entire assignment. My principal thought their punishment was too easy and said if they came to the principal’s office the number of sentences would be doubled or the student would be facing 2 days of suspension. I was thrilled to find a way of discipline that made everyone (principal, parents, students, and teachers) happy.

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Thank you for coming! I am very blessed that you decided to take the time and browse my little shop. Please provide comments so I can learn what you like/want from my shop in the future. I will endeavor to make more quality items that you will enjoy.

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