A Multimedia Presentation to Describe Newton's Laws of Motion

A Multimedia Presentation to Describe Newton's Laws of Motion

Course(s)/Subject(s): Physical Science

Grade Level(s): 8

Key Words: Technology, Forces, Motion, Newton, Inertia

Developer(s) Name:Lauren Davis

School: Carl Sandburg Middle School

Attached Files: Laws of Motion

Approximate Time Frame:547 minute periods

Materials/Equipment Needed:Glencoe Textbook Ch-3 and Ch-4 (prerequisite reading), Computer Lab, Scanner, Digital Camera, magazines to cut up, science references, and one of the following programs: Claris Works, HyperStudio, MS PowerPoint, or FileMaker HomePage

Description of Lesson (includes context):Students will create a multimedia presentation to clearly describe Newton's Laws of Motion.


  1. What is the objective of this lesson?
  2. The students will demonstrate how Newton's Laws of Motion apply to everyday
    personal experiences.
  3. The students will develop a multimedia presentation in a cooperative learning group
    using word processing, a scanner, a digital camera, and ClarisWorks slide show,
    HyperStudio, PowerPoint, or FileMaker HomePage.

FCPS POS Standards: Standard 1, Standard 2, Standard 3, Standard 5

FCPS POS Benchmarks: 8.1.9, 8.2.1, 8.3.2, 8.3.3, 8.5.3

FCPS POS Indicators: 8.1.9-3, 8.1.9-4, 8.1.9-5, 8.2.1-1, 8.2.1-3, 8.3.2-1,8.3.2-4,
8.3.3-2, 8.3.3-4, 8.5.3-1

VA SOL(s) (including Computer/Technology):PS.10, PS.1, C/T8.1

Other: N/A


  1. What will we examine as evidence of students' knowledge and/or skill?

Product(s):Cooperative learning multimedia presentation with evidence of word
processing, scanner use, and digital camera use.

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Performance(s):Students will find examples of Newton's three laws of motion in everyday life. Once the laws of motion examples have been found, they will be captured on digital camera, scanned from periodical or text references, and described in writing. With all the above information, the students will then incorporate all the examples into a multimedia presentation using the most appropriate program. Possible programs could be ClarisWorks slide show, HyperStudio, PowerPoint, or FileMaker HomePage.


  1. What exactly will the students and teacher do during the lesson?

Directions to students for proceeding with the lesson:

Day One--Computer Lab

* practice scanning pictures and saving as JPEG image
* practice using digital camera, downloading images, and saving as JPEG image
* review word processing and other related programs (slide show, HyperStudio,
PowerPoint, or FileMaker HomePage)

Day Two

* receive requirements and guidelines for project
* break-up into cooperative learning groups
* as a group, brainstorm many everyday examples of Newton's Laws of Motion--10 per law
* each group member randomly chooses one law of motion to be responsible for fulfilling all
the requirements needed to successfully complete task
* firmly decide on three everyday examples that could be recreated and photographed in
class, found in a textbook, or cut out of a magazine that pertain to your assigned law of

Day Three

* recreate and capture one example of your law of motion on digital camera
* find one photograph from magazines, textbooks, and other references that portray your law
of motion that can be scanned in computer lab
* write a paragraph explaining how these pictures accurately portray the law of motion
assigned to you
* HW:revise and finalize paragraph for publication

Day Four--Computer Lab

* in cooperative learning group, scan picture, download picture from digital camera, and save
images as JPEG in folder designated by the teacher
* begin to construct your multimedia presentation

Day Five--Computer Lab

* conclude multimedia presentation

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Directions to teacher/administrator using the lesson?

Day One--Computer Lab

* demonstrate the use of the digital camera, how to download image, and save as JPEG
* demonstrate the use of the scanner and save image as JPEG
* review word processing and other related programs (slide show, HyperStudio, Power
Point, or FileMaker Home page)

Day Two

* introduce task and review requirements (see attachment)
* assign cooperative learning groups of three students per group
* instruct students to brainstorm 10 everyday examples for each of Newton's Laws of
* assist students in randomly choosing one law of motion per student within their group
* instruct students to decide on at least three examples of their law that could be captured by
digital camera or found in magazine, textbook, or other reference

Day Three

* research day--assist students with recreating, capturing and finding pictures of their
examples from previous days work
* assist students in correctly writing how the law they have been assigned applies to their

Day Four--Computer Lab

* assist students in scanning pictures and downloading images from digital camera
* assist students in creating their multimedia presentation

Day Five--Computer Lab

* assist students in finishing multimedia presentations


  1. What options in presentation(s) and/or response(s) are suggested in order to provide the opportunity for all students to demonstrate achievement of the benchmark(s) and indicator(s)?

* for special education/ESL students, the task could be reduced to using just one peripheral
(only scanner or digital camera)
* for special education/ESL-- requirements could be geared towards individual abilities such
as have students work in pairs on one law of motion then design the presentation as a class
rather than individual groups
* for GT students, the task could be made into a independent study rather than a cooperative
learning experience

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