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The Force and Motion Interdisciplinary STEM Unit connects to the universal theme of Change. Students will learn through force and motion lessons that change can be planned or spontaneous, evolutionary or revolutionary and that one change stimulates another. Students will learn about Sir Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion. They will engage in multiple discovery learning centers that include simple experiments about force and motion concepts. Using a problem solving strategy, students will solve the problem of two colliding objects and present their solutions. They will also use the scientific method to complete an experiment using a handmade rollercoaster to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object. In addition to those learning experiences, students will have an opportunity to complete different activities and products of their choice to demonstrate their knowledge using the tic-tac-toe chart. Some of the activities and products on the tic-tac-toe chart include: creating their own discovery learning center, writing and illustrating a children’s picture book, illustrating an action flip book, exploring simulation games over force and motion, making a force meter and measuring force of objects, creating a board game or card game, and making a force and motion mobile. Outlines and rubrics for assessed activities are included. Students will be engaged in learning as various types of activities and choices in demonstrating their learning through different products is included.
Laws of Motion research option:
Students will be able to identify Newton’s Three Laws of Motion.
Students will be able to apply each Law of Motion to a real-life example.
Students will be able to create a Power Point to present each law and example.
Sir Isaac Newton research option:
Students will be able to describe the life and major contributions of Sir Isaac Newton.
Students will be able to create a Power Point to present important information about the life of Sir Isaac Newton.
Students will be able to identify and apply the Laws of Motion to experiments.
Students will be able to identify how changes affect the motion of an object.
Students will be able to design and present a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
Students will be able to use the scientific method to provide evidence that a change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
Students will be able to create a product to demonstrate force and motion.
Students will be able to create a culminating project that includes the elements of force and motion.