Inertia Exploration Task Cards | Discover The 1st Law Of Motion

Grade Levels
3rd - 7th
Formats Included
  • PDF
22 pages
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Explore the wonders of inertia. Students will feel like magicians as they attempt each of the 7 tasks to learn the Laws of Motion. Easy to find supplies, easy to set-up, and modify. Perfect for a variety of grade levels and integrates well with your forces and motion unit.

Digital Component: If you are looking for a way to use this for distance learning or Google Classroom click Create Digital Resource on the right column to learn more. This will allow you to choose which tasks to assign to the kids. You can also add text boxes for kids to type answers and observations. We hope this helps make learning flexible. For hybrid learning perform some in class and then assign some for at home extension. More ideas provided in the download.

Students will attempt each task to gain an understanding that an object at rest stays at rest unless a force acts upon it. They will also observe the transfer of energy to other objects. Students will have a fun, memorable science experience. At each task, students will analyze the science behind each trick. This will help create a good group discussion.

Teachers will enjoy watching the students master the tasks. Teachers will love the use of simple supplies and the collection of demonstrations. Teachers will also enjoy trying the tricks themselves. Penny balance is our favorite.

Included in the Hands-On Exploration:

  • Background Information and Tips for each Challenge
  • 7 Task Cards Exploring Inertia
  • Task Card Student Answer Sheet
  • Answer Key
  • Credits and Terms of Use
  • Create Digital Resource TpT Extension

Supplies Needed

Fabric or Newspaper, blocks or books, cardstock paper, washer, hex nuts, glue sticks, marbles, coins, heavy cups, different size containers, notecards, ruler, tables, and you.

This makes a great center activity or as stations. It also works well for a fun celebration activity or party.

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Kimberly Scott

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Total Pages
22 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply Newton’s Third Law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects. Examples of practical problems could include the impact of collisions between two cars, between a car and stationary objects, and between a meteor and a space vehicle. Assessment is limited to vertical or horizontal interactions in one dimension.
Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to describe the relationships of kinetic energy to the mass of an object and to the speed of an object. Emphasis is on descriptive relationships between kinetic energy and mass separately from kinetic energy and speed. Examples could include riding a bicycle at different speeds, rolling different sizes of rocks downhill, and getting hit by a wiffle ball versus a tennis ball.
Construct, use, and present arguments to support the claim that when the kinetic energy of an object changes, energy is transferred to or from the object. Examples of empirical evidence used in arguments could include an inventory or other representation of the energy before and after the transfer in the form of temperature changes or motion of object. Assessment does not include calculations of energy.
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.
Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide. Emphasis is on the change in the energy due to the change in speed, not on the forces, as objects interact. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.


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