This project introduces a unit of study on balanced and unbalanced forces. Students will enjoy using their bodies to describe balanced and unbalanced forces at work. These forces are two forces working in the opposite directions. Through arm-wrestle challenges, observation and discussion students will “unpack” the forces at work. Students will record their findings. Each force is clearly and simply defined here. An original poem/song is included. A cut, paste and sort activity is included for assessment. It could also be used as a separate activity. “See-Saw Experiment” and “Making a Human Table” are activities to further experiment with these forces and balance.
Have fun with hands on learning, writing and recording that will lead to further questions and inquiry!
All the details:
Page 2 Balanced or Unbalanced? Experiment with the body these two forces
Page 3 Teacher Page - guiding students to use the vocabulary of this topic
Page 4 Graphic Organizer: Write about and illustrate a balanced force performed with your own body, share results
Page 5 Graphic Organizer: Write about and illustrated an unbalanced force performed with your own body, share results
Page 6 Arm Wrestle - demonstration of 2 equal forces in opposite directions, observe, discuss, respond
Page 7 Balanced Forces and Unbalanced Forces - reading at their level
Page 8 Using the vocabulary to further explain what is happening with forces
Page 9 Arm Wrestle Face Off – Students demonstrate balanced and unbalanced forces through arm wrestling, observing, questioning and recording the results
Page 10 Demonstrate balanced force through floating objects, response
Page 11 Balanced Forces: reading with illustrations at their level on this force
Page 12 Unbalanced Forces: reading with illustrations at their level on this force
Page 13 Review balanced forces through cloze, using the vocabulary
Page 14 Integrating Science and the Arts: Balanced Forces – poem/song . . . it’s a mouthful, but fun to try!
Page 15 Activity: find balanced forces, explain why, explain unbalanced forces
Page 16 Activity: find unbalanced forces and indicate with a check mark
Page 17 Answer key for page 14
Page 18 Word search for balanced forces - play with words
Page 19 Crossword puzzle for balanced and unbalanced forces - play with words
Page 20 Sir Isaac Newton: Reading at their level, link for discovery added
Page 21 – 24 Cut, paste and sort activity identifying balanced and unbalanced forces; answer key provided, could be used for assessment; gluing page not provided if you wish to glue
Page 25, 26 Bonus Activity: See-Saw Ruler- exploration, discovery, creating balanced and unbalanced forces with objects
Page 27 Human Table - fostering curiosity, wonder, cooperation
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