In this lab station activity, students will move around the classroom exploring different topics related to motion and force, such as Newton’s laws of motion, common forces like gravity, friction, and air resistance, and the law of conservation of momentum. Students will use the materials and instructions provided at each station to conduct demonstrations of motion and force phenomena and will record their observations and make inferences. Each phenomenon observed will be discussed later as a class. This is a great inquiry activity to use as an introduction to a unit on force and Newton’s laws, prior to teaching on the content. As you go through the laws of motion in your lecture, you can refer back to the students’ experiences in the lab stations.
How can I use this?
- Real world application of motion and force topics
- Guided inquiry activity to introduce motion and force related phenomena
- As demonstrations for topics related to: Newton's laws of motion, common forces, and momentum
Why should I use this product in my classroom?
I love lab stations as a way to get students out of their seats, but I especially love these lab stations because they get students using every day objects to explore motion and force related phenomena on their own. I love that students can investigate these topics autonomously and easily complete these 6 demonstrations without teacher help, prior to knowing anything about the topics. It sets us up for great discussions during lecture as students are able to make meaningful connections between what they experienced in these lab stations and the content being covered in notes/lecture.
What is included?
- 2 pages of teacher implementation notes (PDF)
- 2 page student handout (PDF)
- 2 page answer key (PDF)
- 6 hands-on lab station cards (PDF) for you to print, cut and laminate for use year after year
What materials will I need to have in my classroom to set this up?
- : 6 dominos, 2 textbooks, 1 ruler
- : 1 domino, 1 textbook, 1 piece of wax paper and 1 piece of sand paper
- : Chair, pieces of paper, tennis ball, digital scale
- : Masking tape or painter’s tape to mark off where students jump
- : Package of balloons (enough for 1 balloon per pair)
- : 1 basketball, 2 tennis balls
How much class time will this take?
This activity takes one 50-minute class period.
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