Movement of Objects
Observe and describe the ways that objects can move such as in a straight line, zigzag, up and down, back and forth, round and round, and fast and slow.
The student knows that energy, force, and motion are related and are a part of their everyday life.
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.
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.
Friction Study: Kindergarten-Lessons (website) - Students investigate the affects of texture on the speed with which a block moves down a ramp covered in different materials. A good introduction to experimental design for young learners.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Push or Pull: Cape Girardeau Public School District (PDF) - Students identify objects in the room that require pushing or pulling, and then sort toys into a Venn diagram based on whether they push or pull.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Let it Roll: Science NetLinks (website) – Students investigate and measure the rate at which objects roll down a ramp.
Making Objects Move: Science NetLinks (website) - Students identify ways to make objects move, explore the forces required to control movement (e.g., pushing, pulling, throwing, dropping, rolling), and build a structure that can be used to move an object from one place to another.
Give each student a toy car. As an assessment, have students make their cars move in a straight line, then in a zigzag motion, back and forth, round and round, fast and slow, etc.
Movement: Things That Go. Pipe, J. (ISBN-13: 9781596040182)
Zigzag Movement. Schaefer, L. M. (ISBN-13: 9780736804011)
Back and Forth. Schaefer, L. M. (ISBN-13: 9780736803984)
And Everyone Shouted, Pull! Llewellyn, C. (ISBN-13: 9781404806566)
Up and Down. Johnson, Tami (ISBN-13: 9780736867344)
Ramp Builder: Science NetLinks (website) - Students plan, build, and test a ramp intended to allow objects to roll farther.
Forces and Movement: BBC Home (website) - Interactive games that reinforce students’ knowledge of the concepts of forces and movement.
Identifying the Force Used to Put Sports Equipment into Motion: Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project, MnSTEP (website) – Observe objects as they are put into motion.