This full lesson introduces force, balanced forces, unbalanced forces, friction, inertia, mass, newtons, and Newton’s laws of motion. Lesson includes a 59 slide PowerPoint/ PDF with definitions, practice calculation, engaging embedded videos, and lots of fun graphics. Videos are embedded and part of the lesson, you DO NOT need the internet or access to YouTube for them to work!
You also get an 11 page guided notes student foldable, 20 task cards with response sheet and teacher key, a KWL chart, and a QR code that takes students to a fun music video review of Newton’s laws (QR code redirects to YouTube, so you do need access for this to work at school). I use the QR code as homework when access to the internet at school is a problem. You also get additional teaching tips, links to video clips that support the material, and free downloads of the fonts used to create the lesson!
This lesson was created for middle school and early high school students and is a great general physics introduction.
This lesson is complete and ready to teach today! All you need to do is make photocopies!
This lesson covers both common core concepts as well as Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Highly engaging, high level thinking activities make this lesson great as introduction or a fun review for standardized testing. Concepts covered include physics, Newton’s laws of motion, and forces.
Approximately three to four class periods in length. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class and generally complete the lesson, the notes foldable, and the task cards in three days.
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Common Core Standards addressed in this lesson:
Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
This standard is met when students follow instructions to complete a practice physics calculation. This standard is further met when students follow instructions to complete the notes foldable.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
This standard is met when students use key terms and information from story based task card problems to solve a specific physics problem and support their answer with facts.
Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
This standard is met when students analyze forces and then use that information to interpret a visual representation of those answers in the form of concluding the motion of an object and its force.
For my fellow Texans:
This lab addresses the following Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science and math
(C) collect and record data using the International System of Units (SI) and qualitative means such as labeled drawings, writing, and graphic organizers
This standard is met when students analyze the forces acting on an object and then using that information to determine the motion of a labeled drawing, this standard is further met when students complete guided notes that include graphics and short answer writing assignments.
(E) analyze data to formulate reasonable explanations, communicate valid conclusions supported by the data, and predict trends.
This standard is met when students analyze data of forces acting on an object and then concluding how the data would look in a real life situation (such as motion of a box being pushed from both sides).
(1) Mathematical process standards. The student uses mathematical processes to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding. The student is expected to:
(B) use a problem-solving model that incorporates analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution.
This standard is met when students analyze information given in the form of a story problem, then use that data to determine a solution to the problem.
(B) apply and extend previous understandings of operations to solve problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers.
This standard is met when students use previous knowledge to determine net forces acting upon an object.
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