Laws of Motion

6th - 9th

Do you need some new ideas for teaching Newton's Laws of Motion? This series of activities will spring your curriculum to life! Choose from five activities to demonstrate or have your science stars perform. As a result, they will have fully explored forces in action. You will also find five creative assessment suggestions that can be used as homework or follow-up discussion.

Resource Details

Life Science
Instructional Design
Inquiry-Based Learning
Scientific Equipment
2 hrs
National Science Teachers Association

If You Force It, It Will Move

Ninth graders investigate and use Newton's laws of motion to describe and predict motions of common objects in controlled experiments (e.g., balls rolling, wood blocks sliding) and in real-world contexts (e.g., walking, rollerblading, braking).

If You Force It, It Will Move

Ninth graders examine science concepts and principles that predict physical events.  In this science lesson plan students investigate Newton's Law of Motion and predict motions of common objects. 

Newton's 2nd Law

Fourth graders explore Newton's second law of motion, testing and identifying the characteristics of objects that makes them easier or harder to push. They identify what types of objects are the hardest to move, then test a variety of objects using a rubber band. In small groups they devise a test to demonstrate how heavy objects are harder than light objects to move.

Newton's Laws

In this motion worksheet, students read about the 3 laws of motion and then complete a graphic organizer describing the laws and giving an example for each one.

Understanding Newton's Laws

In this physics instructional activity, students investigate Newton's Three Laws. In this multiple choice, matching, and short answer instructional activity, student answer eleven questions.

Rockets Away with Newton's Laws of Motion

Eighth graders comprehend Newton's Laws of Motion and to use the scientific method in rocketry sub-unit. They work through the scientific method. Students illustrate how science and Newton's Laws can be used in everyday situations and movement.

Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

Ninth graders are introduced to Newton's Laws of Motion, with a focus on the First Law. In groups, they build a test car using compact discs as wheels to determine how the forces act on the car in a crash. They also develop a restraint system for their crash-test dummy and present to the class how it works, the results of use of it in the car and what improvements need to be made.

Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

Ninth graders are introduced to Newton's First Law of Motion, acceleration and inertia. They assess and describe how forces, balanced or unbalanced, act on a a car and a crash-test dummy system that they build with wood, wheels and clothespins.

CPO Science - Foundations of Physics

An object in motion will remain in motion, and your physics learners will really get moving by viewing this PowerPoint! They examine each of Newton's laws of motion, learning about force, inertia, acceleration, and equilibrium. They are given practice calculating acceleration and force in different situations. Crisp, clear graphics provide visuals for understanding the direction of force. Except for chapter references throughout, this is a perfect presentation for your first-year physics class!

Science: Motion Commotion

Students examine Newton's three laws of motion to discover what causes it and how it changes. They conduct motion experiments by building catapults and constructing balloon rockets. Finally, they conduct peer studies correlating sedentary and physical activities.

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