There is more to gravity than just the fact that things fall to the ground. This collection of 11 hands-on gravity and balance experiments help K-5th graders get firsthand experience with understanding gravity, balancing objects, understanding their own center of gravity, and other fun explorations.
There is more to these lessons than cool science experiments for kids (though you’ll find those, too). Each experiment starts off with an intriguing question that gets kids excited about finding out the answer—like “What falls faster: a heavy object or a light object?”.
At the end of each activity, there are more questions that help kids go deeper into what they’ve experienced, and a clear explanation of “what happened” that will make it easy to explain the science to your kids.
The concepts covered in Gravity and Balance include: how gravity affects us, how fast things fall to earth, what slows down the pull of gravity, pendulums, center of gravity, and the relationship of gravity to balance.
The hands-on science activities in this unit are an ideal supplement to your science lesson plans or homeschool science curriculum. They are intended for small groups, and so would work best as homeschool lessons or in classroom science centers where an adult can be available to help.
This unit can last from 2-6 weeks, depending on how intensive your science study is.