This engaging hands on unit gives young students some powerful first experiences learning about forces and motion. With a focus on push and pull, students engage in a variety of activities.
This unit was designed specifically to addrtess the following Next Generation Science Standards:
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.
The following activities are inculded in this unit:
Recommended resources: Video links and suggested literature books are included.
Activty 1: Push or Pull?: For this introductory activity, students sort pictures into the categories of push and pull.
Activity 2: Playground Investigation: Students go outside to the playground and find examples of pushes and pulls.
Activity 3: The Crazy Maze: Students design a maze using blocks or similar materials and then use pushes and pulls to make their ball travel through it.
Activity 4: Fast and Slow Cars: Students push cars with different strengths of forces and makes observations.
Activity 5: Crash Bang: Students experiment with marbles and ramps to see which objects will cause the marble to change direction or stop.
Activity 6: Design Challenge: Students are challenged to build a tool to move an object from the floor to their desks using a variety of materials.
Activity 7: Word Wall Cards and Games: Word wall cards for the unit with suggested activities are included. Two versions of the word wall cards are included.
Post Test: A post test is included.
This unit has differentiated activity sheets to accomodate the wide array of ability levels at the kindergarten level.
Teacher pages are also provided for each of the activites. Literature suggestions and video links are included ot help build background and content knowledge.
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