In this activity, students complete a true or false worksheet that highlights common alternative conceptions about gravity and satellites. This activity is useful as a pre-test to establish student understanding.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • clarify some of their current thinking about gravity and satellites
  • provide evidence to support their current views
  • debate ideas with others who hold different views that may challenge their current thinking
  • investigate some key concepts around gravity and satellite orbits.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas
  • student handout.

Useful links

Common alternative conceptions about gravity and further strategies for teaching about gravity.
www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/...gravity.aspx

    Published 27 March 2013