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Delta Science Modules Newton's Toy Box Teacher's Guide

Grades 6 - 8


In Newton's Toy Box, students experiment freely with familiar toys and objects. As they explain their observations, they prove Newton's three laws of motion. The path of a tossed basketball, the flip of a grasshopper toy, and the endless swing of clackers reinforce the concepts of inertia, gravity, acceleration, mass, force, and momentum. Students engage in races, games, and challenges that emphasize the laws of motion that govern everyday tasks and cosmic interactions. The kit includes a video of real astronauts in space using some of the same toys. Students use the video to compare the behavior of the toys on Earth with their behavior in a microgravity environment. By dealing with scaled-down applications, middle school students master these laws and the vocabulary of physics with confidence. (13 Activities)

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