Newton's Games: Laws of Motion

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This FutureFit Project is a supplemental project-based lesson covering Newton’s three laws of motion through demonstrations and hands on STEM activities. The unit concludes with the students creating their own game using the projects that were made on the first three days of the unit. It is designed to reinforce core science subject material while also incorporating social-emotional learning and 21st Century skills and concepts.

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Newton's Games: Laws of Motion
Newton's Games: Laws of Motion
Newton's Games: Laws of Motion

OVERVIEW:

This FutureFit lesson is designed to supplement a standard 12-15 unit lesson for 2nd through 4th grade science/STEM by offering a unique project that ties together the core academic concepts with a set of FutureFit social- emotional and 21st Century Skills.

STUDENT/GROUP OUTPUT:

Students will make models to demonstrate Newton’s Laws of Motion and then design a game to illustrate one of the laws using the models created in class.

SUGGESTED SUBJECT PREREQUISITES:

It is suggested that students should have familiarity with the following subject material as background for this lesson:

  • Gravity
  • Motion

SEQUENCE AND PACING

This project-based lesson includes enough material for use in five 45-minute periods of instruction.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES (suggested):

  • Internet access

MATERIALS:

  • Apple
  • Tennis ball or other small ball
  • Craft foam, various colors (~2 ¾” x 2 ¾” square, 2 per student)
  • Toothpicks (1/student)
  • Basins filled with water (1/2-3 students)
  • Sharpies
  • Small toy car
  • Larger toy car
  • 1/2 straw per student
  • 1 stir straw per student
  • 2 x 2” square of Al foil/student
  • Washi or thin craft tape for decoration (optional)
  • 3” pieces of ribbon or crepe paper for decoration (optional)
  • Thin cardboard (~4” x 6” / student, shirt box or cereal box)
  • Lifesaver mints (4/student)
  • Paper straws (2/student)
  • Smoothie straws (1/student)
  • Balloons (1/student)
  • *Duct tape (12”/student)
  • Rainbow loom bands or small elastic hair bands (8/student)
  • Markers for decorating (optional)
  • *Clear packing tape (use on top instead of duct take if students decorate their cars)

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

These activities support the following NGSS curriculum standards:

  • PS2.A (Forces and Motion)
  • PS2.B (Types of Interactions)
  • PS3.B (Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer)
  • PS3.C (Relationship Between Energy and Forces)
  • ETS1.A (Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem)
  • ETS1.B (Developing Possible Solutions)
  • ETS1.C (Optimizing the Design Solution)
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