Forces Box

Theoretical Overview

Theoretical Overview

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.

Relationship to big idea

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)

Forces and Motion - Sources and Standards

California State Science Standards Grade 8 - Forces

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