Teaching Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.


Teacher Toolkits: Newton's First Law

Teacher Toolkits provide teachers a collection of annotated links to vetted resources on the internet that are standards-based and multimedia reliant. This particular Toolkit is on Newton's First Law and should assist a teacher in finding resources for planning lessons that are next steps to this video.

Curriculum Corner: Newton's Laws Chapter

The Curriculum Corner provides classroom-ready Think Sheets that fuel great in-class discussions. The think sheets on Inertia and Mass, Preconceptions on Force and Motion, and  Balanced vs. Unbalanced Forces might be great follow-ups to this video tutorial.

Physics Interactive: The Rocket Sledder

Our Interactives section provides short simulations that allow students to manipulate a variable and observe its impact upon a motion. This one is perfect for helping students view the connection between force and motion. It comes with a classroom-ready activity sheet.

Race Track Interactive

Liven up your lesson with this phun challenge called Race Track. In this turn-based game, students tap on force buttons to guide a race car around a track in the least number of moves.  There are multiple levels and an infinite number of re-takes ... and lots of thinking and analysis for success.

Balanced vs. Unbalanced Forces Concept Builder

When you watch students doing Concept Builders in your classroom, you realize how much they love them. This one on Balanced vs. Unbalanced forces will help students associate the force diagram with the described motion of the object.

Which One Doesn't Belong (Newton's Laws) Concept Builder

Concept Builders provide a great way for students to solidify their learning on a topic. This one is modeled after the classic game of One of these things is not like the other ... which one doesn't belong?  Given three, four or five representations of a motion, students must identify which one doesn't correspond with the other ones.

Force and Motion Concept Builder

Another helpful Concept Builder. The forces acting upon an object are described by a force diagram and students must determine what the resulting motion could be. Put your thinking cap on and prepare to discard any erroneous ideas you have about force and motion.

Physics Classroom Tutorial - Newton's Laws Chapter, Lesson 3, The Big Misconception

Our Physics Classroom Tutorial has a proven record of explaining hard-to-understand concepts in an easy-to-understand language. This page from Lesson 3 of the Newton's Laws chapter provides exceptional support to this video lesson.