Reflection: Relevance Investigating Newton's Third Law-Action = Reaction - Section 2: Engage


I started my lesson off with a media showing a real rocket launching to illustrate Newton’s Third Law of Motion...for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  I selected it to help students better understand Newton’s Third Law by making the abstract idea become concrete.  I had them view a rocket launch because their activity to follow would be to also launch a rocket; therefore, I wanted them to identify things that create a rocket to launch successfully. After they watched it, I led them into a discussion on how it related to Newton’s Third Law of Motion. This helped them connect the law to something real and relevant. They were able to deepen understanding of the law of motion by seeing it in action.

Media is a great tool for enhancing teaching and making instruction meaningful and effective.  It can engage students in conversation, help them make connections personal experiences or prior knowledge, and provide a visual meaning of complex concepts. In addition, using media in connection with text helps students retain and recall information during discussions and/assessments. Furthermore, media is a motivator for students as many are very much into technology these days. Incorporating it into lessons enhances a lesson by boosting student interest while illustrating key concepts.

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Investigating Newton's Third Law-Action = Reaction

Unit 6: Forces and Motions
Lesson 6 of 8

Objective: SWBAT explain Newton's Third Law of Motion- Action = Reaction.

Big Idea: Students will create a rocket to illustrate Newton's Third Law of Motion.

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