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Force and Motion and Simple Machines | Google Classroom | Distance Learning

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Resource Type
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Google Apps™
175 pages
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Overview: This full unit has everything you need to teach your students about forces and motion as well as simple machines. Students will learn what a force is, Newton's laws of motion, concepts of gravity, friction, energy, and simple machines. Resources include a teacher guide, hands-on students activities (printable or digital), learning centers, review game, and unit assessment.


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Each lesson has 3 components to help you structure your instruction effortlessly.

  • Introduction - During this portion of the lesson you'll review previously learned content and add on or introduce new concepts and content vocabulary that students will be working on that day. You'll start as a whole group using anchor slides before breaking out into small groups for hands-on practice.
  • Lesson Activity - During this time of your lessons students will "get their feet wet" through hands-on experiments and practice, often in partners or small groups. Students will interact with each other and apply what they are learning in real-world activities. They'll record their learning all in one place in their students activity packet.
  • Lesson Reflection - Bring students back together at the end of the lesson to review, share, and discuss what they have learned during the lesson activity. Students reflect on what they've learned through journal questions right in their student activity packet.

"The materials in this bundle are simply amazing! From the Student Activity (SAP), to the Slides to the Bulletin Board art to all of the fun lessons. I love how organized each of the lessons are and the instructions given for each lesson. I am not a Science teacher, but due to Covid, I have been thrown in a 4th-grade STEAM classroom this year...normally I teach K-5 music. These lessons have been so easy to pick up and teach without having much prior knowledge." - 4th grade teacher


  • What is a force? (push vs. pull)
  • Newton's Three Laws of Motion (includes experiment)
  • Gravity and friction (includes experiment)
  • Potential vs. Kinetic energy (includes experiment)
  • Simple Machines and mechanical energy ("LINKtivity" Digital Learning Guide)


  • Teacher Guide with everything you need for each lesson. All needed resources are downloadable directly from the guide making prep a breeze! The teacher guide includes a unit overview and daily lesson plans (some lasting more then 1 day). The lesson plans include detailed information about student objective, materials needed, teacher preparation required, and the steps on how to conduct the lesson. You'll even find sample anchor charts, discussion questions and answer keys embedded right into the teacher guide.
  • Student activities to go along with each daily lesson. All students resources are printable OR google classroom compatible. Activities range from note-taking, to journal responses, to experiments, and more!
  • 53 anchor slides provided in PowerPoint, PDF, or PGN image files. These slides help you teach each lesson.
  • 1 originally written article for teaching about energy
  • 1 student-made book template for simple machines (google classroom compatible)
  • Simple Machine LINKtivity® interactive digital learning guide (google classroom compatible)
  • 37-piece bulletin board set in full color to reinforce important concepts
  • Review game to play in small groups
  • Unit Test (Answer Key Provided) (google classroom compatible)
  • Teacher video tutorial to help you get organized

"Spending $20+ on this resource was some of the best money I've spent on school materials. The teacher's guide is easy to use and includes videos, slides and experiments. The connections between Newton's Laws, the concepts of force and motion, and the simple experiments are perfect. The vocabulary is just what I was looking for. Well done!" - Michelle C., 5th grade teacher

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Total Pages
175 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down. “Down” is a local description of the direction that points toward the center of the spherical Earth. Assessment does not include mathematical representation of gravitational force.
Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Examples of motion with a predictable pattern could include a child swinging in a swing, a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, and two children on a see-saw. Assessment does not include technical terms such as period and frequency.
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Examples could include an unbalanced force on one side of a ball can make it start moving; and, balanced forces pushing on a box from both sides will not produce any motion at all. Assessment is limited to one variable at a time: number, size, or direction of forces. Assessment does not include quantitative force size, only qualitative and relative. Assessment is limited to gravity being addressed as a force that pulls objects down.


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