Newton’s First Law: Inertia | 3 Investigations

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Three labs to clearly demonstrate Newton’s first law of inertia; that things in motion tend to stay in motion and things at rest tend to stay at rest unless there is an unbalanced or outside force.

By starting with the scientific phenomena, you'll be intrigued and excited to dig deeper into the why’s and how’s of each scientific concept. Beautifully illustrated and well laid out, these lab activities are easy to use from the very first page. Experiments are clearly organized and written to the student so they do not need to be pre-digested by a teacher before beginning. Helpful tips throughout the experiments and the Teacher Notes leave the reader in no doubt about how to perform or understand an experiment. Designed for students and optimized for teachers, these labs will engage and fascinate students. Scaffolded writing prompts allow students of different abilities to engage with the same content. Both the teacher and the student are addressed so no additional books are needed. Engaging Science Labs are useful for classroom or homeschool environments.

Concepts Addressed
• Objects in motion tend to remain in motion.
• Objects at rest tend to remain at rest.
• Unbalanced or outside forces produce acceleration.
Materials Needed
dishes, fabric, coins, pullback car, battery-powered car, bullseye level

Answer Key
Extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to.

Time Required
Each of the three lab activities will take about 30 minutes

Student Sheets
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting

Other resources
Click here to see companion curricular pieces:
Activities on Motion (Newton's Laws)

NGSS
MS-PS2-1
MS-PS2-2.

Virginia VA SOL
PS.10 a, b, c

Texas TEKS Grade 6
6A, 6B, 6C
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13
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90 Minutes

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Newton’s First Law: Inertia | 3 Investigations
Newton’s First Law: Inertia | 3 Investigations
Newton’s First Law: Inertia | 3 Investigations
Newton’s First Law: Inertia | 3 Investigations
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