Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Staying in Motion - Section 1: Engage


Yesterday students watched video clips and participated in online simulations related to Newton's Laws of Motion.  Today they are going to test out the first law themselves, and this is exactly what I tell them in the introduction to this lesson.  How do I get them engaged?  I have the bucket and the blocks at the front of the room, I had the seats rearranged (though that still ended up not being enough space), and I told them that they were going to actively test out the theory.  That's all it took.  Their level of excitement and interest naturally increases when the activity is physically participatory.

  Less Teacher Talk, More Action!
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Less Teacher Talk, More Action!
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Staying in Motion

Unit 12: Objects in Motion
Lesson 2 of 3

Objective: Students will conduct and write about a series of demonstrations that demonstrate that an object stays in motion until it is acted upon by an unbalanced force.

Big Idea: We have an intuitive understanding of some basic physics principals.

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Science, Motion, inertia
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