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Investigating Movement

Investigating Movement

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move. 

Essential Understanding

The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations. 

Science Background

What is Inquiry Science Teaching? BioEd Online (video) - Nancy Moreno, PhD, explains how to use questions and investigations to guide your students' science learning.

What is Inquiry Science Teaching?
BioEd Online,

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.

Scientific Literacy Project – Research Outcomes
Purdue University,

Signature Lesson

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.

Push or Pull
Cape Girardeau Public School District,

Supporting Lessons

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.

The Ways That Objects Can Move
TESCCC and Region 9 Education,

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.

Friction Study

1,2, 3…Lift!: PBS Parents (website) - Experiment with moving heavy objects.

1,2, 3…Lift!
PBS Parents,

Assessment Ideas

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.

Push or Pull Assessment
Cape Girardeau Public School District,

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.

Kindergarten Resources, Assessment Materials
Teacher Web,

Literature Connections

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) 

Related Science TEKS

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.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.

(K.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations. 

(K.4B) Five Senses
Use senses as a tool of observation to identify properties and patterns of organisms, objects, and events in the environment.

Related Math TEKS

K.8A   Describe and identify an object by its attributes using informal language (including shape, size, type, color, texture, or use).

K.9A   Describe and compare the attributes of real-life objects such as balls, boxes, cans, and cones or models of three dimensional geometric figures.

K.13B Solve problems with guidance that incorporates the processes of understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.

K.15A Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology. 

Additional Resources

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.

Krazy for Kindergarten Goes to 3rd Grade
Krazy for Kindergarten,

Science Online: BBC (website) - Interactive site with computer games, lessons and fun activities related to force and motion.

Science Online

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