This is a full lesson introducing the concept of forces. Students discover the conceptual meaning of force in physics, and explore the different types of forces. This lesson includes a full-length very detailed lesson plan. The lesson plan includes what the students are doing, what the teacher is doing and assessment strategies, how long each activity will take, as well as any safety measures required in this physics lesson.
The "I can" statements for this lesson are":
- I can explain what a force is.
- I can explain how each of the five types of forces (applied, tension, friction, gravitational, normal, spring) acts on an object.
The essential questions for the lesson are as follows:
- What do you know about forces?
- What is a force?
- What are the types of forces that can act on an object?
- What are contact and at-a-distance forces?
- What are examples of situations in which there are forces acting in the world?
This lesson emphasizes applying the concept of forces and its types on real world situations that students have experienced and know of. Students work in cooperative learning groups to discuss and explore their prior knowledge about forces. The lesson activities use this knowledge to have whole class discussions that scaffold student thinking to the learning objectives of the lesson. All these details on how to organize the lesson are in the lesson plan.
This great lesson packet includes a detailed teacher lesson plan, "Exploring my Ideas - Forces" activity, "Types of Forces" activity, and an exit slip which allows students to reflect on their learning and rate how well they understood the lesson.
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