# Question Exploration: Why Do Astronauts Float? What is Free Fall?

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1. Teachers use the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) Framing Routine to transform abstract main ideas and key topics into a concrete representation that helps students think about and talk about the key topic and essential related information. SIM is about promoting effective teaching and learning of
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Why do astronauts float weightless in space? This question exploration explains freely falling objects as examples of motion with constant acceleration, and gives physics Ss practice comparing speed and acceleration of different falling masses at different stages of free fall.

Question Exploration Routines are instructional methods that teachers can use to help a diverse student population understand a body of content information by carefully answering a critical question to arrive at a main idea answer. Students taught using the content enhancement routines earned higher total test scores than did students taught using the lecture-discussion method.

Personally, I use the Concept Enhancement routines to figure out what I want to say and how I want to say it. I keeps my "Sage on the Stage" time limited to what fits onto 2-3 page for the Question Exploration. This product includes the completed routines, and the student guide blanked except for vocabulary, scaffolding questions, and graphics already filled in. It includes warm ups, worksheets, and recommended videos for review, and it's is in Microsoft Word .doc form so that Ts can customize the discussion to fit the needs of their Ss.

These Concept Enhancement Routines have the following learning objectives and outcomes:
SC.912.P.12.2 Analyze the motion of an object in terms of its position, velocity, and acceleration (with respect to a frame of reference) as functions of time.
SC.912.P.12.3 Interpret and apply Newton's three laws of motion.
SC.912.P.12.4 Describe how the gravitational force between two objects depends on their masses and the distance between them

Students Will Be Able To (SWBAT)
SWBAT relate the motion of a freely falling body to motion with constant acceleration
SWBAT calculate displacement, velocity, and time at various points in the motion of a freely falling object
SWBAT compare the motion of different objects in free fall
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