Newton's Laws Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of Newton's Laws.  All of  the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Newton's Laws 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Newton's Laws Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.


The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.


After completing the Newton's Laws 5E Lesson, students will be able to investigate and describe applications of Newton's law of inertia, law of acceleration, and law of action-reaction such as in vehicle restraints, sports activities, amusement park rides, tectonic activity, and rocket launches.


Distance-Learning Ready

The Newton's Laws Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.


Newton's 1st Law: Students will play a board game to demonstrate and calculate how unbalanced forces change the direction of an object.

Newton's 2nd Law: Students will apply varying amounts of force to a golf ball and measure the distance the ball travels as a result, in order to understand the relationship between force and acceleration.

Newton's 3rd Law: Students will investigate Newton’s third law of motion by creating simple balloon rockets that race along a taut length of string or fishing line.


The Newton's Laws Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.


Distance-Learning Ready

Sub Plans


The Newton's Laws Sub Plan is a complete lesson that takes students through a warm-up, reading passage, independent activity, extension activities, and an assessment.

The worksheets are designed to make your sub day a breeze for you, your students, and the substitute teacher. They are also perfect for distance learning.



Distance-Learning Ready


Newton's Laws Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about Newton's laws. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Newton's Laws Escape Room is an immersive experience for you students. It allows them to demonstrate their knowledge of Newton's laws in a fun and engaging way.

Students must use what they have learned to identify each of the three laws and apply them to real-world scenarios to complete the escape room. They will also need to know the following vocabulary before playing the game: inertia, force, mass, acceleration, and friction.


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Year-Round Resources


These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics.  All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.


Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the Newton's laws unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • What are Newton's laws of motion?
  • How do Newton's laws of motion apply to sports activities, amusement park rides, Earth's tectonic forces, and rocket launches?
Standards
  • MS PS2-1 - Apply Newton’s third law to design a solution to a problem involving the motion of two colliding objects.
  • MS PS2-2-Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object
  • TEKS Science 8.6 C - Investigate and describe applications of Newton's three laws of motion such as in vehicle restraints, sports activities, amusement park rides, Earth's tectonic activities, and rocket launches

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