Gravity and Mass - Distance - Making an Argument From Evidence NGSS MS-PS2-4

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My students enjoyed learning about gravity and mass. This resource was engaging and aligned well to the concepts in the standards. The reading passages were great.
Great middle school science resource. My students were engaged and interested. The loved the demonstration video!
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Learning Objective

Students will learn that gravity is a force that attracts and it is influenced by mass and distance.


Gravity and Mass Unit for Middle School: Students will learn that gravity is a force that attracts and is influenced by the mass and distance of interacting objects. Students will love learning about gravity in these lessons. Students will construct arguments based on evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects in the MS NGSS and Utah SEEd 7th Grade resource.

This resource aligns with NGSS Middle School Standard


Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects.

And also Utah SEEd

Standard 7.1.5 

Engaging in argument from evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions within a system are attractive and dependent upon the masses of interacting objects.

The unit includes:

  • a slide show on Gravity
  • a strategic note-taking guide
  • graphing activities
  • an article to read
  • QR code research
  • making arguments from evidence gathered
  • word wall words
  • interactive notebook inserts
  • informational text passages
  • response pages
  • assessment
  • answer keys

This resource includes interactive notebook inserts, informational text passages, response pages, and more.  

Students will use the following Science and Engineering Practices in this resource:

  • Asking Questions and Defining Problems.
  • Developing and Using Models.
  • Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.
  • Analyzing and Interpreting Data.
  • Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking.
  • Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions.
  • Engaging in Argument from Evidence.
  • Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

Science concepts include:


Gravitational acceleration

Gravity and Mass

Gravity and Distance



Gravity in the solar system

Gravity is a force of attraction

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Total Pages
65 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine two or more central ideas in a text and analyze their development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.
Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.
Construct and present arguments using evidence to support the claim that gravitational interactions are attractive and depend on the masses of interacting objects. Examples of evidence for arguments could include data generated from simulations or digital tools; and charts displaying mass, strength of interaction, distance from the Sun, and orbital periods of objects within the solar system. Assessment does not include Newton’s Law of Gravitation or Kepler’s Laws.


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