The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.
The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations.
What is Inquiry Science Teaching? BioEd Online (video) - Nancy Moreno, PhD, explains how to use questions and investigations to guide your students' science learning.
Scientific Literacy Project – Research Outcomes: Purdue University (website) - This research shows how integrating science inquiry and reading activities helps young children ask meaningful questions, make predictions, observe and record evidence and communicate their findings.
Push or Pull: Cape Girardeau Public School District (PDF) - Students identify items around their classroom that they can either push or pull and then create a Venn diagram of these items.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
The Ways That Objects Can Move: TESCCC (PDF) - In this lesson, which begins on the bottom of page 11, students test and describe different patterns of motions using simple objects.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
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.
1,2, 3…Lift!: PBS Parents (website) - Experiment with moving heavy objects.
Push or Pull Assessment: Cape Girardeau Public School District (PDF) - Using words and/or pictures, use this worksheet to assess your students understanding of push and pull.
Kindergarten Resources, Assessment Materials: Teacher Web (website) - A multitude of assessment rubrics and ideas. Use these ideas to create formative and summative assessments that assess your students understanding of conducting simple investigations.
And Everyone Shouted, “Pull!” A First Look at Forces and Motion, Llewellyn, Claire, (ISBN-13: 978-1404806566)
Motion: Push and Pull, Fast and Slow, Stille, Darlene, (ISBN-13: 978-1404803480)
My Very First Book of Motion, Carle, Eric, (ISBN-13: 978-0694000937)
Krazy for Kindergarten Goes to 3rd Grade: Krazy for Kindergarten (website) - Ideas for teachers to create lessons on Energy, Force, and Motion using an integrated approach.
Science Online: BBC (website) - Interactive site with computer games, lessons and fun activities related to force and motion.