Movement & Magnets - Amusement Park Theme - Force & Motion

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Make your force and motion unit a THRILL using this amusement park theme! Your students will have a blast describing and comparing location, demonstrating and recording how objects move, and learning about the push and pull of magnets! QR Codes are used throughout the unit to show real life videos and photos of amusement parks! Video links and photographs are also given to substitute QR codes if technology is limited. :)

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Objectives given for all three skills to post on your objective wall!

Describing & Comparing Location

  • Carousel-ing! - Students use cards (closer to, nearer to, farther from) and move to the carousel music around the room. When the music ("ride") stops, the students get in the seat closest to them. They use the cards and sentence stem given to describe their location (for example: I am closer to my teacher than ______.).
  • Where in the Water Park?
    Using a birds eye view of a vibrant water park, students describe and compare the locations of different objects in the water park. Transition into movement by discussing the movements and paths of different slides.
  • Independent Practice - Fair Themed!

Demonstrating Ways Objects Move

  • SIX QR codes will link students to different rides or actions that can be seen in a fair or amusement park. Students will use the word bank to describe the movements seen in each video. Links also given if you want to show the videos whole group vs. using QR codes. *These are given with SafeShare links or YouTube links if your district has SafeShare blocked!
  • Picture Sort - 18 colorful park themed photos (also in printer friendly black and white) for students to sort based on the movement.
  • "How Objects Move" Recording - Students draw and label objects that can move in the given ways (round and round, zig zag, back and forth, curved, straight line, back and forth).
  • Movement in the Amusement Park - Write the room with QR codes! Have your kids "show what they know" by identifying the movement(s) shown in real life amusement park photographs and videos! Printable option of photographs if technology is limited. Answer key included!
  • Create a Roller Coaster! Students use what they know about movements and roller coasters and design their own. Writing page given for students to describe the movements of their roller coaster.
    How can you pull a paperclip through your roller coaster WITHOUT touching it? Magnets! >>>

Push and Pull of Magnets

  • Suggested discovery activities
  • Mesmerizing Magnets- FOUR QR codes given to video links to learn many facts about magnets (Bill Nye, Dr. Binocs, etc.). Video links also given if technology is limited.
  • Picture Sort (color or b/w)- Students sort objects found at an amusement park based on if they think they would magnetic or nonmagnetic (key, nail, hot dog, balloon..).
  • Magnetic vs. Nonmagnetic Recording Page - Investigating and exploring is the most important/fun part of magnets! Students use magnets to test and record if objects are magnetic or nonmagnetic.
  • How Strong Is the Force? - Investigation activities given to test the strength of different magnets.
  • Magnetic Mysteries - Students color the objects in the balloons based on if they would magnetic or nonmagnetic.
  • Writing Craftivity - Students write the facts they learned about magnets on giant paper clips and attach the facts to their "magnet"! Alternative magnet writing paper also included.

TEKS Covered:

1.6B predict and describe how a magnet can be used to push or pull an object;

1.6C describe the change in the location of an object such as closer to, nearer to, and farther from; and

1.6D demonstrate and record the ways that objects can move such as in a straight line, zig zag, up and down, back and forth, round and round, and fast and slow.

K.6D observe and describe the ways that objects can move such as in a straight line, zigzag, up and down, back and forth, round and round, and fast and slow.

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Total Pages
60 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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