Reviewed by Geraldine (Gerry) Waller
Middle School Teacher
Teaching science can be intimidating for teachers whose academic background may not encompass some of the science concepts that are included in their curricula. Stop Faking It! Force and Motion is an excellent resource for teachers who find themselves in such a position. Don't let the humorous tone and silly illustrations fool you; this is a solid resource that will give teachers the confidence they need to explore these topics with their students.
The author introduces the Newton's laws of motion, gravity, and circular motion by explaining real-world events. The focus is on understanding, explaining, and predicting natural phenomena.
Easy activities that illustrate force and motion open each chapter, and illustrations guide the reader. The book is also enhanced with NSTA’s SciLinks, links to reviewed websites that provide in-depth conceptual knowledge, lesson plans, and simulations.
To teach effectively, teachers themselves must have a good understanding of the concepts. This book will provide a much-needed tool for providing better instruction.
Review posted on 7/31/2002