This guide serves as a great introduction to a basic Forces and Motion unit. Students will take notes in a guided graphic organizer. This guide is best used in along with the "Motion Powerpoint". For each new word/concept, the graphic organizer has the students record a definition, at least two examples, the formula/equation, and units. The graphic organizer covers: position, motion, reference point, speed, velocity, distance, time, acceleration and negative acceleration. The end of the guided notes gives students the speed-distance-time triangle to help them conceptualize these three variables and to help them remember. It also requires students to write down basic motion problem-solving steps:
1. Circle the important parts.
2. Write down what you know
3. What is the problem asking me to solve for? (Speed, distance or time?)
4. What equation do I need?
6. Include UNITS
After the guided notes, there are two pages of practice with solving for speed, distance, and time, requiring students to take problem-solving steps.
This guide is a great way to introduce students to the basics of forces and motion. It gives them a graphic organizer with everything they need as they proceed through the unit and apply their understandings at a deeper level. It is standards-based and aligned to 7th-grade science essential standards.