ALEX Lesson Plan Resources

ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Science (8)
Title: Newton's Laws of Motion Part 3: Newton's 2nd Law & Review
Description: The third installment of a three-part lesson on Newton's Laws of Motion, this lesson focuses on Newton's 2nd Law and offers review of all three laws. Students will complete graphic organizers to demonstrate their understanding of the three laws of motion. Students will work in tiered groups to prepare a brief presentation to share with the class on a real-life scenario demonstrating Newton's 2nd Law. This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: Toy Cars and Newton's Second Law
Description: Students will conduct an experiment to determine the effect of mass on the distance a toy car will roll. Students will calculate the effect that mass has on the acceleration of the car (the distance the car will roll). Students will also make a prediction of how far the car will roll if more mass is added.  This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.

Subject: Science (8)
Title: Your MA is a Force to be Reckoned With
Description: In this lesson, students will investigate the relationship between mass, acceleration, and force as described in Newton’s Second Law of Motion. Students will work in teams to use a wooden car and rubber bands to toss a small mass off of a car. The car, resting on rollers, will be propelled in opposite directions. Students will vary the mass that is being tossed by each car and change the number of rubber bands used to toss the mass.  Students will then measure how far the car rolls in response to the action force generated. This lesson was created as part of the 2016 NASA STEM Standards of Practice Project, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.