Reflection: Cycles of Inquiry Newton's Apples - Day One - Section 2: Guided Investigation


Although these activities are for students to learn about Newton's Laws of Motion, I try to offer different reasons for students to complete tasks. Often when a child is reluctant to complete a task I have a conversation, not only about the learning opportunity, but also to try to find a hook for students. In this lesson, students try to catch a falling ruler in their investigation of acceleration. I often remind my athletic students that this is a good test for them to see how fast their reflexes are. This is a good exercise for those who are trying to reach the 85th percentile in the presidential Fitness Challenge. I offer students the chance to measure their speed now and each quarter to see if they are improving based on their level of exercise. Whatever it takes, I try to find a hook to bring in those reluctant learners... and remember, who doesn't like to break a ruler (see the inertia investigation)!

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Newton's Apples - Day One

Unit 5: Roller Coaster Madness
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: Students will observe Newton's Laws in Action.

Big Idea: Students will learn about Newton's Laws, G-Forces, and Motion.

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