Force and Motion Ideasby: Page Keeley and Rand Harrington

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to comprehensively elicit students' ideas about the relationship between force and motion. The list of possible answers includes several distracters that are based on learning research; thus the probe will tell you whether your students hold any of these research-identified, commonly held (incorrect) ideas about force and motion.

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  • on Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:43 AM

This article is an assessment probe about force and motion for middle school and high school, but can be adapted to elementary school. It is a great resource with a summary of grade level goals and also misconceptions about force and motion.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:11 PM

This is one of the best probes in the Page Keely's formative assessment book. The activity can easily be adapted for instructional use and I have used it recently on an interactive board to great effect. It generates good discussion and the short response gives students a chance to express their first ideas about the concepts addressed, or return to as a point of refection and synthesis.

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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