This net force and free body diagram product includes a cut/paste sorting activity, extra practice, and a quiz. I have found that middle schoolers enjoy taking out their scissors and glue to switch things up a little bit. This sorting activity allows for exactly that! Plus, there is an extra practice page and a quiz to assess their understanding of net force using free body diagrams.
This product is intended to be used once students have had an introduction to net force, and have seen free body diagrams.
Students cut out categories (moves left, right, up, down, and stays still) as well as free body diagrams. They categorize each free body diagram based on the direction of the resulting force. In addition, I have students calculate the net force and write it on each card before gluing according to categories. You could also laminate the cards and use it as a station if that works better in your classroom. Then, I have students complete the extra practice page as homework. I use this as a formative assessment to decide if they are ready for the quiz, or if we need to go over more examples in class.
This product includes:
~Directions and student example
~2 pages for the cut/paste sorting activity (5 categories, 10 diagrams to sort)
~1 extra practice page
~1 page quiz
~Answer keys for each part
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