introducing Newton's Laws and discussing motion with your
students, try enlivening your classroom with a few of these
a Yo-Yo - Teach your students the ups and downs
of motion by making button yo-yos to experiment with.
Cradle - Use a shoebox, string, beads and a few
other simple supplies to make a classroom version of the
popular desktop toy named after Sir Isaac Newton.
COLLECTED LESSON PLANS AND UNITS OF STUDY
FROM THE WORLD WIDE WEB
and Motion Unit
- From The K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook, this section
contains lessons that demonstrate Newton's laws of motion
in action. The lessons and experiments are well thought
out with clearly written directions. An excellent classroom
Physics - Playground Physics is designed as an introduction
to some basic concepts in classical mechanics for upper
elementary and middle school grades (4-7). The idea is to
use the experience children have on the playground and relate
that experience to basic physics concepts. The sections
are: jungle-gym drop to explore how gravity affects falling
objects, see-saw physics to explore the concept of levers,
and swing-set physics to explore the concept of pendulums.
Slides can be used to study objects on inclined planes,
and merry-go-rounds to explore concepts involved in circular
motion (angular momentum, centripetal acceleration, centrifugal
force, and instantaneous velocity).
Coaster Physics - This section of the Physics Pavilion
will discuss some of the principles involved in the design
of a roller coaster. It is intended for the middle or high
school teacher. Physics students may find the information
helpful as well. Many of the concepts can be applied to
topics other than roller coasters. Some sections will use
the Roller Coaster Simulator, RCS. The included activities
are hands-on in nature.