Inertia And Gravity Experiment | The Laws Of Motion | Grade 4 5 Print or Digital

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
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18 pages
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Investigate inertia and gravity in this hands-on experiment for 4th and 5th grade. Aligned with *Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers will love its' ease of use, simple materials, and meeting the science and engineering practices. Students will love uncovering the magic of the laws of motion. The science journal will help students learn to use their evidence to write conclusions.

Digital and Distance Learning Approved. This is a great way to get students to use the scientific method at home. The only supplies needed are a container, cardboard, and pennies. The supplies can easily be modified. The file is a PDF, but comes with a pre-created Easel by TpT overlay. We added text boxes and tips for completing it online. Click "Open in Easel" on the product page to get started. They can be added to your Google Classroom as an assignment. Students can also print and complete. A science lab teacher can also assign all the grade levels which allows families to conduct the experiment together.(See the Bundle.) If you don't have Google Classroom you can send the overlay as a link to Google accounts. If that is not possible use the PDF in a program like Kami extension to create an online version with text boxes. We already did it for you in Easel. You could conduct the experiment as a demo for the students and then they try it. Get creative!

A science lab teacher can also assign all the grade levels which allows families to conduct the experiment together. See the bundle for all three versions.

Students will:

  • Brainstorm what they know about the topic.
  • Write a hypothesis.
  • Record detail observations.
  • Create a bar graph of their averages.
  • Summarize their data and make a conclusion.
  • Explain Inertia and gravity.
  • Create their own demonstration of inertia.
  • Assess what they have learned.

What is included in 18-page digital download:

  • Correlation to the 4th Grade *NGSS Energy
  • Correlation to 3rd-5th *NGSS Science and Engineering Practices
  • Background information for the teacher with tips.
  • Tested procedures
  • 7 Page investigation journal following the scientific method
  • Two conclusion pages to choose from. Differentiated for your needs.
  • Multiple choice and short answer assessment
  • Create your own demonstration worksheet
  • Answer Key
  • Scoring Rubric
  • "Create Digital Activity" TpT Tool with activity already made.

Supplies for Investigation

Different sized containers, pennies, scissors, cardboard, ruler

Are you looking for this same topic in another grade level? I have your covered. This investigation journal is available for K-1st and 2nd-3rd grade too. Each version is differentiated for abilities and the Next Generation Science Standards. The K/1st grade version tests the difference between a push and a pull. It contains checkboxes and coloring. The 2nd/3rd grade journal also investigates if the size of the container affects the number of pennies that fall, but uses fewer pennies and trials. The 4th/5th grade journal expands the number of trials and uses more pennies.

Click the link to check them out. Also available in a bundle. Buy all three versions and save.

Push and Pull Experiment: Inertia and Gravity with Kindergarten and First Grade

Inertia and Gravity Lab: Investigate the Laws of Motion with 2nd/3rd Grade

Inertia and Gravity K-5 Bundle

Also corresponds with

Inertia Exploration Task Cards: Discover the 1st Law of Motion

Great for homeschool, classrooms, scouts, end of year activities, science fairs and more.

Yours in Science,

Kimberly Scott Science

Inspiring Lifelong Learners through a Memorable Scientific Experience.

All parts are copyrighted. Please see the terms of use in the download. 

Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Included with rubric
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.
Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down. “Down” is a local description of the direction that points toward the center of the spherical Earth. Assessment does not include mathematical representation of gravitational force.


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