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Newton's Laws StAIR Activity

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This is an activity that is contained in a PowerPoint.  It covers all three of Newton's Laws, explanations and examples.  It also contains a short quiz that allows students to assess their learning.  Each question is multiple choice and has an answer slide following a correct selection explaining why it is the correct choice.  It can act as an introduction but is suggested for a review.
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Date Added to MERLOT: August 14, 2012
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 23, 2012
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Submitter: Brian Stukey
Keywords: law, motion, physics, newton


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Avatar for susan savasky
5 years ago

susan savasky (Teacher (K-12))

I enjoyed going through your Stair project, especially because I remember learning about those laws myself in school. The project was quite organized. Did you ever think about inserting some video examples, or voice? Just for students who may have difficulty reading. Sometimes adding a voice feature would really help some students who are struggling. 

Time spent reviewing site: 10 minutes

Avatar for Ruth Myles
5 years ago

Ruth Myles (Teacher (K-12))

Wow! I thought this StAIR had a ton of great information.  Each Law was thoroughly explained and examples provided.  Even though it was designed for high school students, I did find it to be a bit text heavy.  It makes it very easy to just skim through, without focusing on the information.  I liked the sections where the text was animated better, although the animations were a bit on the slow slide. I also liked having the option of selecting which law I wanted to work on.  I thought the explanations of the correct answers were very valuable. The last slide provides great closure and would allow for the teacher to know whether or not the student understands the material or just clicked through.

Technical Remarks:

The set-up was very good, but there were a few glitches.  I saw the sound icon, but no sound would play when it was clicked on.  Like other commenters, I could not see the video either.

Time spent reviewing site: 20 mins.

Avatar for Natalie Saunders
5 years ago

Natalie Saunders (Teacher (K-12))

        First off, I really like the format of this StAIR.  I liked how right away the author, Brian informed us what type of audience this was for.  I even liked his suggestion about how this should be a review rather than an introductory.  If I was a science teacher, I would be using his StAIR project in my classroom.  I learned a lot about Newton’s Laws! I have never been a huge science fan. It always seemed very difficult to me.  However, I seemed to really enjoy this module and I clearly understand it.  I like how the examples were provided with pictures, even the practice problems.  I think my favorite picture was the bug poo on the window shield, haha…I like how real-life examples were used.  In addition, I like how as the participator, I was able to choose where I wanted to start, whether I wanted to learn Newton’s 3rd law first rather than Newton’s 1st law.  Furthermore, I loved how the practice problems provided a “WHY” for the correct answer.  This is a great benefit and advantage, especially if a student were to guess.  I also think the assignment that was given at the end, the “YOUR TURN” was a great way to finish the module.  It doesn’t stop the student’s learning, they are now enhancing their learning by having to provide their own examples of all three laws and email to their teacher.

        Overall, I am really fond of this StAIR and recommend it to those teachers who Science. I think the students also would enjoy this due to it being a StAIR where they work alone, can go at their own pace, start where they would like, see real life examples, etc.   


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        Tech wise, I had a hard time with some things. I was not able to get the video to work. The sound only worked for a few slides. It never worked for me if I got a correct or incorrect answer. However, I know that there was to be sound because I saw the icon. Maybe the author didn’t set it to automatic and accidently set it to a click? Question 2’s animation on the practice problems was when the video didn’t work and the Laws took a while to show up…I would maybe speed the animation up a bit.

Time spent reviewing site: Time Spent, roughly 20 minutes, give or take…

Avatar for Brad VanBeek
5 years ago

Brad VanBeek (Teacher (K-12))

The information was very good, but it was very wordy.  Could not see the video clip

Avatar for Alicia Truitt
5 years ago

Alicia Truitt (Teacher (K-12))

This presentation did a great job of explaining Newton’s laws!  It starts off with explanations of the laws and then moves onto real-world examples.  It is very relatable and answers some basic questions that the students may have had in the past about the things in their lives.   It caters to different learning styles but using videos, sound files, text, pictures, and interactive questions.  Students can choose which Law that they would like to learn first or they can go through them in order.  It gives the user a lot of options in the presentation and provides ample feedback to students so they can see how they are doing along the way.  If they are struggling, students are able to go back and redo the lesson for mastery.  It is definitely aimed at high school students and there are examples that appeal to their age level, like drag-racing shopping carts.  As a supplemental activity, the outcomes listed in the beginning are met and students can learn about Newton’s laws in a different context that aids in-class instruction.

Technical Remarks:

It was very easy to use with forward and reverse buttons.  Each slide dealt with the previous one and the whole presentation was nicely scaffolded.  The video file did not work for me, along with the sound files.  If they worked properly, they would have provided a great addition to the resource.  At the end, the teacher has the students creating their own real-world example of Newton’s Laws and then emailing it to him.  This is a great idea to continue the use of technology and the assignment. Perhaps there could be more videos to demonstrate each of Newton’s Laws in order to give more of a auditory and visual aspect to the presentation. 

Time spent reviewing site: I spent about 25 minutes going through this presentation and analyzing it.