5. Identifying Forces

Given seven drawings depicting motion, students will be able to correctly identify, describe, and indicate direction and relative magnitude of three to five forces in each.

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4. Types of Forces

Given a textbook passage on forces, students will be able to organize the passage's information into a graphic organizer and teach the information to other students.

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3. Friction Lab

Given lab equipment, students will be able to measure force required to pull baby shoes and identify factors that make pulling easier or harder.

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Forces and Motion Box Block Plan

Lesson 1: Introduction to forces
Students complete an anticipation guide, using prior knowledge to predict whether statements like “A rock thrown in space will keep going forever” are true or false.  

Lesson 2: Types of forces (informal)

Newtonian Vehicle

What understandings or goals would be assessed through this task?

•    Students will identify the forces acting on a self-propelled vehicle and explain how the motion of the vehicle demonstrates Newton’s laws.

Through what authentic performance task will students demonstrate understanding?

Task overview:

Forces and Motion - Assessment Ideas

Performance tasks:

  • Other-worldly sports – Students create a poster illustrating how their favorite sport might look on a planet of their choosing, explaining how differences in gravity and atmosphere could affect the forces on players of the sport and sports equipment

Movie Worksheet Search Engine/Website

A great list by subject for videos, including worksheets! The Super Size Me worksheet even has before AND after questions.

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Generic Sub Plans

When I suddenly fall ill, or otherwise don't want to take 10 hours to plan a sub lesson, I usually go online to and plug in some vocab words for some puzzles (they have some pre-made banks of words also!)

I make four puzzles using the exact same list of words. I usually start them with the word search (even non-readers can do this!) then go on to word scramble, then crossword. This because they need to know the words pretty well by the time they get to the crossword - also, the word search has the word bank on it.