The purpose of this activity is to help students reflect on their lived experiences and prior ideas before diving into teaching physics concepts. The activity uses a common physical activity – jumping rope – to help students begin thinking about forces, pushes and pulls, and Newton’s Third Law of Motion.
The writing component of this lesson is designed as a formative assessment after covering the concepts of force, force pairs and Newton’s Third Law of Motion. Students should show an improvement in their description of these concepts at the end of the unit.
NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS
Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns
Observed patterns in nature guide organization and classification, and prompt questions about relationships and causes underlying them.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
PS2.A: Forces and Motion
All positions of objects and the directions of forces and motions must be described in an arbitrarily chosen reference frame and arbitrarily chosen units of size. In order to share information with other people, these choices must also be shared.
COMMON CORE LEARNING STANDARDS
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.2: Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/ experiments, or technical processes.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.2.D: Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
NEW YORK INTERMEDIATE SCIENCE STANDARDS
Standard 4: The Physical Setting
PS. 5.1a: The motion of an object is always judged with respect to some other object or point. The idea of absolute motion or rest is misleading.