Forces and Interactions
Investigate Forces with Pushes and Pulls
This is an NGSS aligned and improved version of Introduction to Pushes and Pulls for Kindergarten by Science and Kids.
In these NGSS aligned activities/assessments, primary students observe the effects of force (pushes and pulls) and motion. In the first activity/assessment, students observe and describe objects that are moving and identify the force (a push or a pull or both) that make the objects move. Then they draw and describe themselves demonstrating a push or a pull to makes something move. In the second activity/assessment, students observe, describe, and draw a toy at rest. Then they put the toy in motion and describe the force (push or pull) used to make the toy move.
K-PS2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
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. [Clarification Statement: Examples of pushes or pulls could include a string attached to an object being pulled, a person pushing an object, a person stopping a rolling ball, and two objects colliding and pushing on each other.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to different relative strengths or different directions, but not both at the same time. Assessment does not include non-contact pushes or pulls such as those produced by magnets.]
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