Standard 1.1 The sun appears to move across the sky in the same way every day, but its path changes gradually over the seasons.

  • 1.1.b.1 Things move in many ways, such as spinning, rolling, sliding, bouncing, flying or sailing.
  • 1.1.b.2 Motion can be caused by a push or a pull. A push or a pull is called a force. Pushes and pulls can start motion,
stop motion, speed it up, slow it down or change its direction.

This video gives great background information for teachers. It explores Newton's First Law of Motion. This law focuses on motion.
The video is designed for 7th and 8th grade students and has great content.

It is vital that teachers understand the science concepts they are teaching students.

Newton's Second Law of Motion focuses on acceleration and Newton's Third Law of Motion focuses on forces acting in pairs.
The following activities will provide more information about Newton's Laws.

Click on the link to get a printable version of the Puhes and Pulls activity.

Use the lesson plan Make a Roto Copter, to see how things spin.

Motion Lesson Plan

Classifying Forces

Let's Use Force

Understanding the concepts of motion and force will help students understand the rotation of the Earth and its orbit around the Sun.