Spin a penny
in a balloon; drop a paper helicopter
and watch it spin; and swing pendulums
. Each activity can be used to try out variations as students practice being careful scientists. Spend a few days or a few weeks playing with physics.
I recorded a video
to give you an overview of the lessons and created 17 simple videos
you can use to preview or review activities. Choose from two student essays
that are saved with three reading levels in English and two in Spanish. The essays have also been recorded
for students who benefit from listening to the text.
A variety performance assessments
are included to assess student understanding.
The activities use materials* that you can collect locally.
This lesson supports NGSS 3-PS2-1♦ and 3-PS2-2◊.
It’s part of a series about physics units including: forces
, this product, air and water pressure
, and static electricity
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* Materials List: pennies, transparent balloons, paper, paper clips, scissors, and a spool of thread
♦ 3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.
◊ 3-PS2-2. Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion.