Saturday, October 29, 2016

May the Force of Gravity Be With You

I have to be honest...I have always had a hard time understanding and enjoying physical science.  I was dreading teaching this unit to my fifth graders.  It is only one standard,  the force of gravity pulls everything toward the center of the Earth.  Once I got started developing lessons, there was no getting me down!!!

I have created a unit with many hands-on lessons, activities and STEAM challenges and I am learning to love it!!!! (I wish I had embraced Physics in high school) My goal is to get my students excited about physical science and wanting more.

True Books are a great resource for intermediate grades.
Crash Course Kids Videos on Youtube 
There are videos for all the grade five standards
                           
Great Balls of Gravity
Students have to predict which ball will hit the ground first when dropped from the same height
Ramps
 Students used binders to make ramps.  They experimented with a marble and bouncy ball.
Friction
We used ramps and cars to explore gravity and friction.
STEAM Balloon Rockets
We had a blast with our balloon rocket challenge, using force to move things.
STEAM Roller Coasters
Building roller coasters that use gravity
 Please check out my new Gravity Unit on TPT.

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