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In thinking about the interactions in Forces and Matter, would it make sense to anyone else to teach interactions in Forces first (they can see the interactions), then teach the interactions in Matter (too small to see)?
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Vicki, I'm not sure which grade level you are teaching or what standards your state follows. I do know that no matter what content you wish to teach, the first time you prepare to teach something is the time you come up with questions. I teach matter first. You are matter and if a force acts upon you, you will respond, right? Let's say you are sitting in a chair and someone runs into you. A force will have acted upon you, correct? Think of big easy simple interactions and then you can demonstrate this for students. You can then give each group a scenario and have them explain to the rest of the class what force/s were acting upon the object. Think of an apple falling from a tree, a boulder crashing down the side of a mountain, an eroding coastline, a bowling ball hitting pins. Check out NGSS@NSTA and there are resources with lesson plans and materials grouped by grade level that you will find very useful.
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