Activity Overview

The are a wide range of forces in many everyday situations that students might not be aware of. Using a spider map, students will identify and illustrate a range of different types of forces. You can make this activity easier or more challenging by changing the number of rows. Stretch your most advanced students by giving them a contextual constraint, for example, all of their examples of forces need to be found in football. Students should be encouraged to define the type of force in their storyboard alongside each example, but this is not a needed requirement.

Alternatively, print out the example storyboard and cut it up. Students can then match the force type with the visualization.

Types of Forces

  • Lift
  • Friction
  • Drag
  • Electrostatic force
  • Magnetic force
  • Weight
  • Thrust
  • Upthrust
  • Tension
  • Spring force
  • Normal force
  • Applied force

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of forces by identifying where forces occur in real world contexts.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Think of a real world situation for each of the force types.
  3. Illustrate the situation using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to give examples of the situation.
  4. Add force arrows to represent the forces.

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [SCI-3-PS2-2] Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.


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Types of Forces
Create an example for each type of force using images from Storyboard That.
33 Points
16 Points
0 Points
Identification of Forces
Every type of force is identified and explained.
Most types of forces are identified and explained.
Some forces have been correctly identified and explained.
Every type of force is given a clear and correct example.
Most forces are given a correct example.
Some forces are given an example.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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