Forces and Motion

Newton’s Laws of Motion come alive in this class packed with guided-inquiry activities. Make predictions and investigate how changes in mass, force, gravity and friction affect the motion of an object. 

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • What are Newton’s Laws of Motion? 
  • How do force, acceleration, mass, and gravity affect the movement of objects?

Essential Standards: 

3.P.1.1; 5.P.1.1; 5.P.1.2; 5.P.1.4; 7.P.1.2

Goals of the Program:

  • To provide an opportunity for students to understand forces and motion using Newton’s laws of motion. 
  • To analyze activities and determine which of Newton’s laws apply to the activity.

Class Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Define motion 
  • Define a force and recognize forces when they see them in action 
  • Interpret and apply each of Newton’s three laws of motion 
  • Recognize that unbalanced forces produce acceleration

Methods and Activities:

  • Demonstrations and discrepant events will introduce students to the concepts of force, motion, and friction. 
  • Students will work in cooperative groups to explore all three of Newton’s laws of motion through inquiry-based activities.

Key Vocabulary:

Force, Motion, Acceleration, Mass, Balanced Forces, Net Force, Friction, Newton’s First Law of Motion, Newton’s Second Law of Motion, Newton’s Third Law of Motion

Set-up Needs:

  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart. 
  • At least six (6) tables or desk clusters for experiment stations. 

  • One (1) additional table and one (1) student desk for demonstrations and additional materials for activities. 

  • A large open area (gym, multi-purpose room, empty hallway) for wrap-up activity. 

  • Approximate set-up and clean-up time – 45 minutes before and after program. 

  • Program will need to remain set up and secured from students if multiple programs are booked. 

  • Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x505
  • Grades 3 - 7
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $150 first class / $125 each additional class (same class, same day)
  • Maximum 25 students