Get your students excited to learn about friction! This file includes 3 activities that you can use with your class as they learn about friction. It starts with a simple and clear hands-on mini-experiment for your students to explore how friction works. Then, your students will apply what they learned during the mini-experiment to real-life and brainstorm additional examples. Lastly, your students will use what they learned to create designs for surfaces with different amount of friction. These activities will have your students developing science process skills as well as using many higher-level skills from Bloom's Taxonomy such as classifying, comparing, and creating.
The mini-experiment needs only 3 inexpensive materials: beads, paper plates, and quiet mats. Quiet mats can be the kind of shelf liners that are rubbery and bumpy (with little holes). You can extend the design activity if desired by providing your students with the materials to build a physical model of their design.
Have fun exploring friction and the world of science!