Force and Motion

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SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert content help via email and a final assessment both facilitate and document teacher learning.

The Force and Motion SciPack explores the effects of forces on the motion of objects. The focus is on topics linked to Standards and Benchmarks related to concepts such as constant motion, acceleration, speed and direction as well as a discussion of Newton’s Laws of Motion.

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Reviews (61)
  • on Fri Feb 09, 2018 12:30 PM

I enjoyed the graphics and interactive visual aids provided in this SciPack. I felt that they helped make the concepts more tangible and easily understood. It provided a helpful review of concepts that I had learned about during elementary, middle, and high schools. I thought this assessment was very challenging, and I wish that you could see the correct answers once you finish. This would help me develop a better understanding of the concepts and allow me to address any misconceptions that I may have.

Savanna M
Savanna M

  • on Mon Jan 30, 2017 1:05 PM

This module was very informative and helped me reflect on aspects I originally learned in my primary education. At times, the module was even humorous, which helps when you are trying to pull through and not take so many breaks. I recommend this module for anyone needing to review these topics! One of my biggest pet-peeves with science is when the questions have multiple answers (but only ask for one) or are poorly written, and this module does a good job at avoiding that issue as well. 5/5


  • on Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:14 PM

I found some wonderful labs and lesson content to use in class. Challenging assesment.

Stacey  (Bay City, TX)
Stacey (Bay City, TX)

  • on Fri Aug 12, 2016 10:14 PM

I found some wonderful labs and lesson content to use in class. Challenging assesment.

Stacey  (Bay City, TX)
Stacey (Bay City, TX)

  • on Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:02 PM

This is great information. My students love creating ramps and studying force and motion, this was great background knowledge in helping me teach this unit.

Maxine Dibert  (Fairbanks, AK)
Maxine Dibert (Fairbanks, AK)

  • on Thu Apr 23, 2015 11:28 PM

Going through the Force and Motion SciPack was a great follow-up to our time in Jersey City! I felt so much more comfortable going through the SciPack because of the background knowledge I'd gained at MEMTA. Even teachers not as familiar with the content would enjoy this, as well, though, because the layout, information, graphics, and interactives do a great job of making the content easy to understand!

Cori Coleman  (Ft. Collins, CO)
Cori Coleman (Ft. Collins, CO)

  • on Wed Feb 11, 2015 11:58 PM

Currently teaching this in the classroom and having a SciPack full of fantastic information is the way to keep engaged and fresh.

Jessica Minton  (Collierville, TN)
Jessica Minton (Collierville, TN)

  • on Wed Nov 26, 2014 1:41 PM

This module is filled with simulations and concrete information that help you understand the concepts about forces and motion. To really get a better understanding of Newton's Law, I found myself referring to the book "Stop Faking It! Forces and Motion" again and again. The final assessment was tricky and challenging mainly because of the way the writers worded the questions so read carefully. Overall, I recommend this SciPack to everyone who is interested in learning more about Newton's Laws and how you can apply it in real life and in your lesson planning.

Yoli Gonzales  (Boise, ID)
Yoli Gonzales (Boise, ID)

  • on Tue Aug 19, 2014 7:18 PM

The Force and Motion SciPack has really helped me understand the underlying concepts that surround Force and Motion. Initially, I was unsure how well I'd grasp scientific concepts in a self-paced, online format, but the interactive activities and simulations, in addition to the explanations work well together to help deepen understanding. I feel a lot more confident in the area of Force and Motion, and I recommend this SciPack to anyone!

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Thu Aug 07, 2014 5:58 AM

A great resource for creating a deeper understanding of a topic. An easy, not threatening way to push yourself to a better understanding.

Rachel  (Willoughby, OH)
Rachel (Willoughby, OH)

  • on Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:57 PM

I was swept away by everything that I learned in the Force and Motion SciPack. The SciPack started out with an introduction to position and motion followed by a section on each of Newton's three laws. Each of the sections had clear explanations and interesting and informative animations. It was well worth my time!


  • on Sun Jul 28, 2013 5:59 PM

I found this SciPack to be very well done. It helped me review what I already knew about Newton's three laws and it even helped catch some "sloppy thinking" on my part, where I wasn't being totally precise in my mental models of the three laws. Well worth a look if you're responsible for teaching this content.

Zohar  (Worcester, MA)
Zohar (Worcester, MA)

  • on Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:29 PM

I taught 5th grade Science for the past two years, but felt like I knew the Force and Motion curriculum, at a very basic level. I really wanted to learn more about this area to strengthen my knowledge and dig deeper into the area of Force and Motion. The Sci Pak really helped show me in various ways how I can improve my dialogue with students, as well as delivering a deeper understanding of Force and Motion. I look forward to teaching my students this year.

Cheryl Stowe
Cheryl Stowe

  • on Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:21 PM

This was a fantastic sci pack. It starts out with simple relative location and special perspective. Then moves on to the different aspects of motion: average speed, instantaneous speed, velocity and finally acceleration. The sci pack takes you through each of Newtons laws one by one. The second going into some great sample problems using f=ma. Lastly the sci pack finishes with action reaction and gives some great I tear active lessons that help put the concepts into action. This sci pack includes great tips on how to express some of these complicated topics to students so they can internalize it and see how it applies in their daily lives.

Jason W
Jason W

  • on Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:48 PM

If you've read the book from the Stop Faking It Series "Force and Motion," you can tell Dr. Robertson had a hand in developing this SciPack. The information is both accessible and at times quite funny. I appreciate how the SciPack gets at the points of Force and Motion without getting lost in minutiae and come away from this experience with a solid understanding of Newton's laws. Highly recommended for any teacher looking at teaching this subject (which I believe can be taught at any grade level). Nicely done!

Scott  (Gallup, NM)
Scott (Gallup, NM)

  • on Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:51 PM

I learned a lot in a short time. A great way to refresh your memory while having some fun. The language was simple and made complex ideas manageable. Included tips on how to teach the ideas and included activities that can help you see what is being discussed.

Jerica Schatz
Jerica Schatz

  • on Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:07 PM

I just want to thank NSTA for creating the Science Packs. This is my 17th year of teaching. My first 2 years of teaching I taught 6th grade Science. After that....I taught 7th and 8th grade either Math or Science. So, it has been over 15 years since I 'knew' 6th grade Science content. This is the answer to reviewing the content I need to know to teach my students effectively.

Carla  (Cadiz, KY)
Carla (Cadiz, KY)

  • on Thu Sep 06, 2012 6:55 PM

The content matched what was in the book, "Stop Faking It" Force and Motion by William Robertson. I thought that a lot of the explanations were worded well enough to understand if you stop and think about how Newton's laws apply around you. Very often, I found myself doing the demonstrations just because they were so practical and easy to perform.

Nathan Steier  (Billings, MT)
Nathan Steier (Billings, MT)

  • on Tue Aug 07, 2012 2:32 AM

This sci-pack enriches your knowledge on force and motion. The activities within the sci-pack stretches your thinking. I really appreciated the standards at different grade bands and what every student should know about Newton's 3 Laws. Well worth your time and energy!

Amy  (Sunnyside, WA)
Amy (Sunnyside, WA)

  • on Fri Aug 03, 2012 1:15 PM

I found this sci Pak informative and challenging at times! Simulations were helpful.

VIcki  (Pasadena, MD)
VIcki (Pasadena, MD)

  • on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:46 AM

Misconceptions regarding force and motion are perhaps the most abundant kind. Many students have weak or ill formed ideas of what constitutes force, velocity, and acceleration. This SciPack cuts to the heart of the relevant issues and demonstrates many concepts in a straighforward, simple, yet engaging manner.

Eric Carlson  (Royal City, WA)
Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA)

  • on Tue Jan 10, 2012 7:12 PM

I found this to be so helpful and informative--I lived the Stop Faking It when I did two of the activities with my after school girls club. I was able to both predict and answer their questions, and felt very comfortable working with the girls. Wonderful!

Laura Jones  (Herndon, VA)
Laura Jones (Herndon, VA)

  • on Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:22 AM

From acceleration and speed, to Newton's Laws of Motion, this SciPack was fully loaded with amazing simulations, graphics/diagrams to help even the most apprehensive of learners to understand difficult concepts. I haven't taught this unit in years, and the material served as a great refresher, as I had to address some of the misconceptions I had regarding motions, forces, and energy. Great resource.

Lorrie Armfield  (Laurel, MD)
Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD)

  • on Tue Dec 20, 2011 8:07 PM

Great lesson! I learned a some new concepts and approaches through the development of the lesson how to share the ideas in the classroom.

Ronaldo Relador  (Bowie, MD)
Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD)

  • on Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:32 AM

Lots of cool animations and illustrations, my students said they were effective in conveying concepts.


  • on Mon Jan 17, 2011 2:35 PM

The Force and Motion SciPack is a great tool to help teachers refresh their memory regarding Newton's Laws of Motion. It has numerous self checks and animations that reinforce learning. This resource is best when used in conjunction with the accompanying SciGuide.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Sun Dec 12, 2010 4:34 PM

The Force and Motion SciPack provides a variety of methods for teachers uncertain about their content knowledge in this area. The teaching methods include reading/audio selections, simulations, hands on activities, and assessments. There are a range of simulations that help the user envision the concepts under discussion. The embedded quizzes allow the user to self-assess as s/he progresses. In that way the user can decide when to review concept prior to taking the final evaluation. This SciPack has an associated SciGuide that includes resources for the teaching of the concepts at a variety of levels. In addition, within the SciPack there are pedagogical discussions that can help new teachers or teachers who are facing problems with differentiation for a variety of students. The simulations are self-explanatory for everyone, no matter what their background.

Bambi Bailey  (Tyler, TX)
Bambi Bailey (Tyler, TX)

  • on Thu Nov 11, 2010 5:07 PM

I conducted 3 district pilot study when this pack was first developed. A total of 45 teachers in grades 5-8 completed it and when all three districts scores were compared in aggregate, significant gains in teacher learning were found using a third party pre and post assessment. Similar sig. gains occcured in teacher self-efficacy. This was with in-tact, non-randomized groups, so caution needs to be given when "attributing" the increase in teacher learning to this pack. That said, two other studies since then, looking at different SciPacks across different grade levels, so it would seem that these self-directed modules improve teacher learning and help teachers be more confident in this subject matter.

Albert Byers  (Oakton, VA)
Albert Byers (Oakton, VA)

  • on Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:24 AM

Great Unit. Lots of Visuals were great and very clear. This was good for me because this is one of my weaknesses in science.

Barbara Fleenor  (, )
Barbara Fleenor (, )

  • on Wed May 28, 2008 12:52 AM

you took a very hard topic and was able to get information across to me in a way that i understood it and learned. the humor and sarcasm helped and was appreciated. thanks

kimberly o'leary  (, )
kimberly o'leary (, )

  • on Sat Sep 08, 2007 9:40 AM

I really enjoyed this Scipack. It is a great idea for teachers like me who have been away from teaching for some time. The simulatations are very helpful. The contents should go far in terms of help in class.

Bobby Jackson
Bobby Jackson

  • on Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:17 PM

I have only begun to discover what all this SciPack has, but have found it so enlightening! Thanks for all the great information and challenges!

Michelle A
Michelle A

  • on Sun Feb 12, 2017 12:09 PM

I felt that the Scipack contained a lot of content knowledge and the information was easier to follow for me than some. I did find the final assessment to be quite difficult even though I felt that I had a good understanding of the information. Some of the questions were quite confusing even after rereading the suggested sections. Overall very informative and enjoyable!

Amanda Acker
Amanda Acker

  • on Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:33 PM

This SciPack was very informative, and quite challenging! I feel much more knowledgeable about force, motion, position, and Newton's Laws. I only wish I could see the correct answers to the questions I missed at the end of the final assessment.

Shandi Goodloe
Shandi Goodloe

  • on Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:32 PM

This SciPack was very informative, and quite challenging! I feel much more knowledgeable about force, motion, position, and Newton's Laws. I only wish I could see the correct answers to the questions I missed at the end of the final assessment.

Shandi Goodloe
Shandi Goodloe

  • on Fri Aug 05, 2016 10:31 PM

Newton's laws were applied in scenarios. It was not easy, but the simulations helped!

Carrie Akins  (Edmond, OK)
Carrie Akins (Edmond, OK)

  • on Mon Mar 21, 2016 9:29 PM

This SciPack provides a good overview of motion, specifically Newton's Laws. I would have preferred a bit more depth, but still appreciated the refresher.

Steve  (St. Johns, FL)
Steve (St. Johns, FL)

  • on Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:35 AM

This Sci Pack was a good medium for me to relearn content I hadn't had for many years. I liked working at my own pace. The lessons provided good examples and practice questions to guide my understanding and point out areas that I needed to work on!

Carol T  (Hillsboro, OH)
Carol T (Hillsboro, OH)

  • on Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:35 PM

Interactives for this Scipac were instrumental in relaying and experiencing the learning objectives. This was a challenging and thorough unit.

Denise Roeloffs  (Changewater, NJ)
Denise Roeloffs (Changewater, NJ)

  • on Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:53 PM

The force and motion sci-pack is very engaging and interactive. It is packed with slides and tools that can be used to experience various concepts of force and motion! It brings Newton's Laws to life.

Niyiere Joseph
Niyiere Joseph

  • on Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:16 PM

This scipack was very informational and helpful for peronal learning as well as for future teaching. The activities included made the concepts taught easier to understand and apply to real world. The assessments in each subtopic followed very closely to what was being taught. However, the final assessment seemed to be much more difficult and did not follow the content as much. Some questions were quite difficult and were far fetched.


  • on Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:16 PM

This scipack was very informational and helpful for peronal learning as well as for future teaching. The activities included made the concepts taught easier to understand and apply to real world. The assessments in each subtopic followed very closely to what was being taught. However, the final assessment seemed to be much more difficult and did not follow the content as much. Some questions were quite difficult and were far fetched.


  • on Fri Feb 08, 2013 10:08 PM

This is my first time using a Scipack so I did not know what to expect. I will say, I am very satisfied with the content provided and presented. I say presented because the lady's voice is enjoyable to listen to. Hey, the girl even makes some jokes! For an online course, the information is presented in a realistic, informative format. I am very pleased with what I learned in the Scipack. I only rated 4 stars because there is ALWAYS room for improvement. But, overall I am convinced this is a great way to learn the material to teach my future students!


  • on Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:39 PM

I thought the assessment was fair, although it should have conformed more to the practice questions and quizzes. Too much trickery. Let's just present the material and assess mastery. The course was well done and the practices and quizzes conformed well to the material.

James Johnson  (Custer City, PA)
James Johnson (Custer City, PA)

  • on Mon Nov 05, 2012 12:59 PM

This SciPack provides a good refresher for basic principles of Newtonian physics. It would be easier to use if the simulations were not always on top so that you could go back and forth between the sim and assessment. Some of the simulations refer to more than one question and going back and forth is tedious.

Rebecca F  (Elizabeth, WV)
Rebecca F (Elizabeth, WV)

  • on Sat Jan 21, 2012 10:21 PM

This SciPack was an excellent refresher regarding the basic principles of Force and Motion. This would be suitable for many teachers, except those teaching AP. The only lacking area was mathematical formulae.

Keith Godlewski  (Hanahan, SC)
Keith Godlewski (Hanahan, SC)

  • on Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:25 PM

I've found the SciPack is extremely valuable in helping me understand and extend content knowledge which in turn benefits pupils.

Darrel Tanaka  (Shoreline, Washington)
Darrel Tanaka (Shoreline, Washington)

  • on Mon Oct 24, 2011 11:04 PM

The Force and Motion SciPack was a great refresher of the various components of Newton's first and second laws. This SciPack allowed you to practice applying information just learned from the lecture pages. The one negative of this SciPack is it did not go into deeper content knowledge (knowledge that I would like to have teaching 9th grade Physical Science), but is a great resource for elementary and early middle school classes. I would recommend individuals to complete this SciPack if they find themselves a bit rusty on Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws.

Kathryn Kennedy  (Saint Paul, MN)
Kathryn Kennedy (Saint Paul, MN)

  • on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:10 PM

The information was very interesting. But the final assessment was a nightmare. People in my group that work with this subject every day had trouble passing the final assessment. This has been the hardest test that I have taken in these Sci Packs.

Rayetta  (Houston, TX)
Rayetta (Houston, TX)

  • on Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:26 PM

This was a tough way to start the semester in this classes. There were many questions with multiple answers which made it difficult to answer correctly.

Bridget N
Bridget N

  • on Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:31 PM

This was a full scipack, but when I took the final assessment there seemed to be questions that were not covered in the scipack. However everything else was well done.

Kayla N
Kayla N

  • on Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:17 PM

I thought that this scipack was filled with a lot of information. I think that some of the test questions were very tricky and some were not explained in the scipack. Some things could have been explaing more clearly.

Alicia E
Alicia E

  • on Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:16 PM

It was hard to think aroud the random stories. I think I lost some of the facts when I was hearing stories. I had a hard time understanding the teens driving in space thing. I also didnt like that the quistions where more dificalt than the quiz's. Plus I would like there to be some how would you teach thins quistions. I'm just guessing but most people talking this are either teachers or working on being teachers.


  • on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:12 PM

The force and motion sci pack was a little confusing. i really struggled with the test.

Matt Clark
Matt Clark

  • on Mon Feb 25, 2013 5:12 PM

The force and motion sci pack was a little confusing. i really struggled with the test.

Matt Clark
Matt Clark

  • on Wed Nov 14, 2012 11:24 PM

The presentation of Newton's laws in this SciPack is excellent! Very hands-on examples that illustrate concepts wonderfully. However, in the assessment section there seems to be some bugs...some of the graphics you click to answer questions simply do not work, which makes passing the assessment very difficult. You can't see what you're doing so it's rather frustrating! Not sure if it's like this on all computers but it's doing that on my Macbook Air.

Jennifer M Tanko
Jennifer M Tanko

  • on Mon Feb 06, 2012 10:28 AM

A little basic. It would be good for someone who has no background in physics. There are a few points that might be misleading and some of the focus is on details that might not be that important

Dan Carroll  (Arlington, VA)
Dan Carroll (Arlington, VA)

  • on Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:13 PM

I was impressed at the amount of detail this Sci-pack went into. This provided me with excellent content refreshment, I have to admit. What I wasn't pleased with was how the reversal of the topics/infomation/quizzes was formatted. The questions, in quite a few situations were confusing and very hard to clarify. This is the only Sci-pack, so far, that I can say this about. Closing with a positive, however, again the content of this Sci-pack is VERY good!

Brandy Stewart
Brandy Stewart

  • on Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:26 PM

I really enjoyed this sci pack, as physics is one of my favorite science branches. I love the math component in science, and found the interactives fun an informational. However, the assessment seemed to have a bit of a disconnect between what was emphasized throughout the sci pack and the questions that were asked.

kristin mancusi-johnson
kristin mancusi-johnson

  • on Tue Dec 28, 2010 3:50 PM

I thought this SciPack had some great examples which helped me understand the concepts such as the difference between a vector and speed. However, there were still some concepts that could have been made clearer. Such as where on a roller coaster would acceleration be the greatest and where on a roller coaster would acceleration be zero. For example,

LeRoy A
LeRoy A

  • on Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:17 AM

I found this SciPack to be confusing. There were some areas where I would have liked there to be more in depth information mainly in the newtons laws. There were questions on the test that the SciPack either didnt go over or didnt have enough information on.

JoAnna Treglown
JoAnna Treglown

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