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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Newton’s Laws of Motion, and supports the standard of interpreting and applying Newton’s three laws of motion. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Place a ball on a surface where it has space to roll. Ask:

• What are some ways we can make the ball move?
• What will happen when I push the ball?
• What if I push it even harder?
• What will cause the ball to stop rolling?

Push the ball so it rolls and then comes to a stop. Ask:

• What forces acted on the ball?
• What can we determine about how forces act upon objects based on what you’ve observed?

Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE

• Read the description on the Newton’s Law of Motion topic page.
• Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding.
• Assign Related Reading. Have students read one of the following articles: “Theory,” or “Way Back When.” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS

Assign  Newton’s Laws of Motion Challenge and Quiz, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND

Students express what they learned about Newton’s Laws of Motion while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

• Make-a-Movie: Choose a real-world example that showcases any of Newton’s laws of motion and document how it is applied.
• Make-a-Map: Create a concept map identifying all of the forces at play when you are in a car and someone slams on the brakes.
• Creative Coding: Code a sorting game where students sort examples of the three laws of motion.

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Energy Skate Park: Explore conservation of energy by building tracks, ramps, and more for a skateboarder.

Pendulum Lab: Play with one or two pendulums and discover which factors affect its swing.

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