Sports and Sir Isaac Newton

Sports and Sir Isaac Newton

Course(s)/Subject(s): 8th Grade Science, Newton's Laws on Motion - Sports Day

Grade Level(s): 8th Grade

Key Words: Newton's Laws, Technology, Scanner, Avid

Developer(s) Name: Sherry Kern

School: Lake Braddock Middle School

Attached Files:
Rubric for Research Report
Rubric for Oral Presentation

Approximate Time Frame: Two weeks time to write a draft and final copy of research report, one block to explain use of scanner, and Avid Cinema program,two days to work on story board and procedures for demonstrating Newton's Laws, three days for oral presentations where avid program will be used.

Materials/Equipment Needed: Word processing program (ClarisWorks, Microsoft Word, Internet access, Scanner, Avid Cinema program, and sports equipment to demonstrate concepts

Description of Lesson (includes context):
Sir Isaac Newton developed three laws that provided a basis for understanding why objects move the way they do and predict the motion of objects. The concept of inertia; the relationship between acceleration, force and mass; and action and reaction are explained through his laws using the digital camera, scanner and Avid Cinema program. Apresentation will be designed around a sport the students have chosen. They will demonstrate how each law can be applied to their particular sport. This demonstration will be captured on a digital camera and scanned into the computer and placed on Avid Cinema. When the slide shows on Avid Cinema are completed and presented to the class, the students will have demonstrated their understanding of Newton's Three Laws of Motion.


  1. What is the objective of this lesson? For students to demonstrate their understanding of Newton's three Laws of Motion.
    Students will :
    -Recognize different examples of forces.
    -Be able to state and apply each of Newton's Laws of Motion
    -Define the terms:inertia, balanced, and unbalanced forces
    -Understand action and reaction
    -Solve problems using the laws of motion
    -Be able to use a digital camera, scanner and the Avid Cinema program
    -Use ClarisWorks or other word processing system to design and import their
    reports, access the Internet for information and access other graphics
    to support their presentation.

FCPS POS Standards: 8.1 (Motion)

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FCPS POS Benchmarks:8.1.9 (Forces),8.2.1 (Problem Solving)

FCPS POS Indicators: Lab Book - Investigating Motion, Forces, and Energy,


Resource Guide, Lab - Laws of Motion, Applying Newton's

Three Laws, pg. 37 in lab


VA SOL(s) (including Computer/Technology): C/T8.1,The student will


through the application of software. C/T8.4 - The student will process,

store, retrieve, and

transmit electronic information.



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

Product(s): Research report, Avid Cinema file

Performance(s): Oral presentation

Other: Rubric attached for research report and oral presentation


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

Directions to students for proceeding with the lesson:

  1. Outline information provided by their textbook.
  2. Work in groups of four to produce the Avid Cinema production. Each student will
    write a research report on the group's chosen sport to be handed in individually.
    However, the demonstration of how the particular sport applies to Newton's Law will
    be placed on the Avid Cinema program. The students will present Avid Cinema
    program to the class with their oral presentation of the sport.
  3. This project will be a culmination activity to the unit Investigating Motion, Forces and
    Energy in the classroom as well as in the computer lab before beginning this project.
  4. Students will individually submit a research report done on word processing for
  5. They will be given the following six questions to answer pertaining to their sport.
    a.How do rolling, sliding, and/or static friction influence the movement of your sport?
    b. How does the force of gravity influence the movements in your sport?
    c.How does inertia apply to your sport?
    dHow does acceleration or momentum apply to your sport?
    e.How do action-reaction forces apply to your sport?
    f.Develop your own physics-related question that pertains to your sport.
  6. Students will take a picture of a student demonstrating Newton's Law, create a title
    page with the photograph.
  7. Each group will have two to three days in the computer lab to create the Avid Cinema
    program where they scan in the pictures from the digital camera and place them on the
    Avid Cinema program. There will be four to five organized slides demonstrating their
    understanding of Newton's Laws.
  8. They will save the slide show on their own assigned disk or on the Zip Drive.

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Directions to teacher/administrator using the lesson:
1. Class time will be given to instruct the students on the use of the digital camera,
scanner and Avid Cinema program.
2. Teach will assist and facilitate the students in developing their storyboard and set of
procedures for using their particular sport to demonstrate Newton's Laws. 3. The teacher throughout the unit will be discussing the culminating activity and giving
suggestions on how it can be implemented. The teacher will be available to guide and
answer questions, however, the students have to develop their own programs for
4. Attached rubrics show how the research report is be graded. Also an oral presentation
rubric is attached on how the oral presentation and Avid Cinema file should be


  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)?

Special accommodation:

  1. Scheduled time in the library to help develop the research project.
  2. English teacher, on the team, will help the students to write their first draft of the
    research report. She will help them with the grammatical and mechanical aspects of the
    research report.
  3. Teacher decides upon who will be in each cooperative group of four based on the
    strengths and weaknesses of the students.
  4. All information disseminated will be done to aid the students with auditory and visual
    processing needs.
  5. Computer lab personnel and technology pyramid personnel will be enlisted to aid the
    students in their development of this project.
  6. Time after school will be needed for those students who need a more one-on-one
    attention in order for them to fully demonstrate their ability to understand these

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