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Push and Pull Forces: What Makes Things Move?

Summary

Grade Range
Kindergarten
Group Size
2-3 students
Active Time
40 minutes
Total Time
40 minutes
Area of Science
Physics
Key Concepts
Pushes, pulls, motion, forces
Credits
Sabine De Brabandere, PhD, Science Buddies
Video narration by Jennifer E Paz
Pricing
Free for a limited time thanks to individual donors

Overview

Kindergarten students are used to moving objects. They throw balls, roll toy cars, and sweep the floor, but how much do they think about the forces behind these movements? In this fun hands-on lesson, students will use a game (rolling balls) to explore how pushing and pulling affects an object's motion.

Learning Objectives

Materials

Per group:

Prep Work (10 minutes)

  • Collect enough balls so that there is one for each group.
  • Make space so students can sit on the ground across from each other in groups of two or three.

Prep Work (10 minutes)

Engage (4 minutes)

Explore (32 minutes)

Reflect (4 minutes)

Assess

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