Editor’s Note: Force and Motion—Complex, Awesome, Relevant by: Chris O'hana

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We know that when something is relevant to a student, the student is more motivated to learn and also more likely to remember. What could be more relevant than force and motion? The universe, like an eight-year-old, is in constant motion. Force and motion are awesome, complex, even ironic. Yet by the time we are in college, we have sucked the life out of force and motion. In this issue, we aim to breathe life back into Newton. So enjoy this packed issue and the discoveries it leads to. There’s no better time than now to get moving!

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
3/1/2008

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Reviews (5)
  • on Mon Apr 13, 2020 11:52 PM

I choose this brief article because I agree with the truth that even though we experience force and motion in everyday life, most of us don’t fully understand it or verbally explain how it works because of the complexity. The article suggests the effectiveness of using simple machines such as levers to teach students the mechanisms of moving things, which got my attention. I’ve learned that you don’t have to think too much when teaching the concepts of force and motion. It will most likely work better because motion is everywhere! TEKS that could go along with the article is 3.6.B. This TEKS requires the students to know that forces cause change and that energy exists in many forms by using simple objects such as swings, balls, and wagons. I could model juggling using balls to represent force and motion. I agree with the article about the idea that you could avoid the complexity of learning by using simple tools/motion.

Sari I
Sari I

  • on Sun May 10, 2015 4:48 PM

This editor's introduction is going to make you want to read the whole issue!

Robin Willig  (Rye Brook, NY)
Robin Willig (Rye Brook, NY)

  • on Mon Dec 08, 2014 5:38 PM

This editorial seeks to motivate teachers to consider ways to make force and motion interesting and relevant to students. She points out that even though we may know the formulas and theories behind how things move, that doesn't make the movements any less interesting. Something we should all keep in mind as we plan lessons to hook student's interest, it is all about the presentation as well as the content we seek to share.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

  • on Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:23 AM

This Editor’s Corner short article is from NSTA’s elementary school publication. The author supports the need to provide information about simple machines and the forces that affect us in a minute to minute bases such as gravity, This article explains what can be found in that particular issue.

Adah Stock  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah Stock (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Feb 08, 2011 10:15 AM

This Editor’s Corner short article is from NSTA’s elementary school publication. The author supports the need to provide information about simple machines and the forces that affect us in a minute to minute bases such as gravity, This article explains what can be found in that particular issue.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)


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