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Movement of Objects

Movement of Objects

TEKS Objective

The students will 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.

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Essential Understanding

The student knows that energy, force, and motion are related and are a part of their everyday life.

Science Background

Motion: Physics4Kids (website) - Motion is one of the key topics in physics. Everything in the universe moves.  Learn more about the basics of force and motion as you navigate this website.

by Andrew Rader, Physics4Kids,

The Way Things Move: Explorit Science Center (website) - Movement happens as a result of a force acting upon an object. Learn more about the way things move as you read this article.

The Way Things Move
Explorit Science Center,

Signature Lesson

Paddle Boat:How to (website) - Students build an old-fashioned paddle boat from simple materials.

Paddle Boat

Supporting Lessons

Spinners: FOSSWeb (website) - In this activity, students create spinners to investigate how objects move, including back and forth, round and round, and fast and slow.


Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Inertia: Sid the Science Kid (website) - Students investigate the concept that objects in motion keep moving until something stops them.


Assessment Ideas

Making Objects Move: Science NetLinks (website) - Students identify ways to make an object move and build a structure that can be used to move an object from one place to another. This investigation can help you to assess your students’ understanding of how objects move.

Making Objects Move
Science NetLinks,

Literature Connections

Movement: Things That Go. Pipe, Jim.(ISBN-13: 9781596040182)

Zigzag Movement. Schaefer, Lola M. (ISBN-13: 9780736804011)

Back and Forth. Schaefer, Lola M. (ISBN-13: 9780736803984)

Related Science TEKS

(1.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(1.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(1.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools.

(1.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(1.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

(1.4A) Tools for Collecting Information
The student is expected to collect information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, primary balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and timers; non-standard measuring items such as paper clips and clothespins; weather instruments such as demonstration thermometers and wind socks; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

(1.4B) Non-Standard Measurement Units
The student is expected to measure organisms and objects and parts of organisms and objects, using non-standard units.

Related Math TEKS

1.9A    The student is expected to collect and sort data.

1.9B     The student is expected to use organized data to construct real object graphs, picture graphs, and bar-type graphs.

1.11C   The student is expected to select or develop an appropriate problem-solving plan or strategy including drawing a picture, looking for a pattern, systematic guessing and checking, or acting it out in order to solve a problem.

1.11D  The student is expected to use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

1.12A  The student is expected to explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

1.13A  The student is expected to justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Feel the Wind, Curious George: PBS Kids (website) - Students make a pinwheel to investigate the wind and learn how it causes objects to move.

Feel the Wind, Curious George

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