NGSS PS2.A PS2.B PS3.A: Physics & Astronomy Critical Thinking Concept Map


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“Concept maps are especially important in teaching science because they depict the interrelationships among the members of a group or a system. Concept maps are often used in science to represent ecosystems, mechanical systems, and social systems.”

I’ve been using concept maps my whole career and not many activities allow for such critical thinking and understanding the relationships between concepts. This product is excellent for review, class discussions, homework and sub plans.

This resource includes the following:

-Student handout

-Concept Map Key

-Editable Microsoft Publisher Student handout

– Editable Microsoft Publisher Concept Map Key

NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:

PS2.A: For any pair of interacting objects, the force exerted by the first object on the second object is equal in strength to the force that the second object exerts on the first, but in the opposite direction (Newton’s third law). (MS-PS2-1)

• The motion of an object is determined by the sum of the forces acting on it; if the total force on the object is not zero, its motion will change. The greater the mass of the object, the greater the force needed to achieve the same change in motion. For any given object, a larger force causes a larger change in motion. (MS-PS2-2)

• All positions of objects and the directions of forces and motions must be described in an arbitrarily chosen reference frame and arbitrarily chosen units of size. In order to share information with other people, these choices must also be shared. (MS-PS2-2)

PS2.B: Forces that act at a distance (electric, magnetic, and gravitational) can be explained by fields that extend through space and can be mapped by their effect on a test object (a charged object, or a ball, respectively). (MS-PS2-5)

• Electric and magnetic (electromagnetic) forces can be attractive or repulsive, and their sizes depend on the magnitudes of the charges, currents, or magnetic strengths involved and on the distances between the interacting objects. (MS-PS2-3)

• Gravitational forces are always attractive. There is a gravitational force between any two masses, but it is very small except when one or both of the objects have large mass—e.g., Earth and the sun. (MS-PS2-4)


• Motion energy is properly called kinetic energy; it is proportional to the mass of the moving object and grows with the square of its speed. (MS-PS3-1)

• A system of objects may also contain stored (potential) energy, depending on their relative positions. (MS-PS3-2)

These forces lessons from my store are a great scaffold for this resource:

MS-PS2-1 & MS-PS2-2: STEM 5E NGSS Balloon Cars Lab Engineering

NGSS MS-PS2-2: STEM 5E Paper Airplane Competition Forces Interactions

MS-PS2-2: 5E NGSS Collision Lab Motion Forces Close Reading & Notes CER Article

MS-PS2-2: STEM Roller Coaster Lab & Card Sort Engineering Design Process

MS-PS2-1: STEM Bottle Rockets PowerPoint Graphic Organizer Close Reading & Notes

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