Newton at the Center
Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 4

Issac Newton discovered many laws across scientific fields from motion to the solar system to light and vision. In this unit, you'll learn about his life, how he built on the work of earlier scientists, and how later scientists built on his theories.


  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay
  • Usually used by children in the seventh grade.

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Features of Non-Fiction
  • Lesson 2: Newton and Math (3 Days)
  • Lesson 3: Newton and Light
  • Lesson 4: Newton and Motion
  • Lesson 5: Newton's Contemporaries
  • Lesson 6: Math and Science Take Flight
  • Lesson 7: Using Newton's Work (4 Days)
  • Final Project: Lobby for Newton (3 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the characteristics of informational works: chapter headings, bolded words, index, table of contents. (Language Arts)
  • Deliver an oral summary with inferences and conclusions. (Language Arts)
  • Deliver oral summaries of articles and books: include the main ideas of the event or article and the most significant details. (Language Arts)
  • Explain the function of the graphical components of a text. (Language Arts)
  • Follow and give oral instructions that include multiple action steps. (Language Arts)
  • Follow multi-dimensional instructions from text to complete a task, solve a problem, or perform procedures. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and properly use indefinite pronouns. (Language Arts)
  • Identify and use infinitives and participles. (Language Arts)
  • Identify the parts of speech and the structure of sentences. (Language Arts)
  • Identify, use, and understand the function of perfect and progressive verb tenses. (Language Arts)
  • Identify, use, and understand the function of prepositions and prepositional phrases and their influence on subject-verb agreement. (Language Arts)
  • Make connections to related topics/information. (Language Arts)
  • Monitor comprehension for understanding of what is read, heard, and/or viewed. (Language Arts)
  • Research more on a topic and give an oral summary. (Language Arts)
  • Summarize and determine the importance of information. (Language Arts)
  • Understand and explain the use of a simple mechanical device by following technical directions. (Language Arts)
  • Use appropriate subject-verb agreement. (Language Arts)
  • Use verb tenses that are appropriate for the meaning of the sentence. (Language Arts)
  • Write a multi-paragraph essay to convey information about a topic that presents effective introductions and concluding paragraphs; contains a clearly stated purpose or controlling idea; is logically organized with appropriate facts and details and includes no extraneous information or inconsistencies; accurately synthesizes ideas from several sources; and uses a variety of sentence structures, rhetorical devices, and transitions to link paragraphs. (Language Arts)
  • Write expository and procedural or work-related texts to communicate ideas and information to specific audiences for specific purposes. (Language Arts)
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