Here are some of my favorite resources I’ve used with my 8th graders when we study Forces and Motion. These resources and activities would work with grades 5-9 and maybe even with some high school students.
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Forces and Motion Resources:
- Forces and Motion PBS Learning Media Resource page - You’ll find lessons, videos, activities, and inter-actives.
- Here is a simple page with a variety of Newton’s Laws information and activities.
- Here’s Newton’s Triple Play: 5E Lesson
- If you haven’t used PHET Simulations they are worth checking out. I’ve used this Forces and Motion simulation with my 8th graders.
- Christa’s Lost Lessons - Newton’s Laws Grade 5-8
- Sphero Tractor Pull - This is my current favorite. There are design challenge elements and well-written directions. I think the challenge level is “just right” for a middle student.
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- Documents for a project-based learning activity called Engineering for Amusement. This was a hit with my students every year it was used. There's a project description and rubric.
- Forces and Motion Mind Map directions and rubric.
- Bowling for Energy Investigation - Each year I take out 8th graders to the bowling alley for a science lab the day before winter break. You'll find the lab and a playlist I use to help students get ready to bowl. This lab has a connection to Energy, Forces, and Motion. It can easily be modified.