Do you have a couple of toy trucks, a piece of sturdy cardboard, a few books, and some paperclips or metal washers?
Your students can roll trucks down the cardboard ramp as they become scientists, recording data, testing their guesses, changing a variable, making a simple graph, and then analyzing their data.
What makes a truck roll the farthest from the end of the ramp??
To make it easy to present the activities, I've included 9 Word™ documents, 25 audio recordings, 2 PowerPoint™ presentations with 11 slides
• A clear explanation
of the science behind each of the five activities;
• Step-by-step instructions
of what we did;
• The graph components
you need display your data – just print, cut, and glue
to large sheets of paper;
• Several student texts
to read with three reading levels in English
and two in Spanish, color or blackline images for students to color;
of the student texts for students who benefit from hearing the information;
• Graphs of our results
– you can compare them to your results;
• Four suggestions for assessments
for each of the activities – quick, pencil-and-paper,
for the struggling student, and for the very capable student;
• A parent letter
saved in both English and Spanish, introducing the activities. It's
also saved in a Word™ file so you can adapt it for your students;
• A fun image
to print for the cover of a science work folder – students save
all their science papers and then take them home to share with family members.
This could be a whole class, a small group with an adult, an after school, or a science camp activity!
This product could be part of a unit that meets NGSS K-PS2-1◊, K-PS2-2♦, or 3-PS2-2º.
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◊ K-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
♦ K-PS2-2. Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object
with a push or a pull.
º 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.