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Investigating Movement

Investigating Movement

TEKS Objective

The student will 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) - Strategies for using questions and investigations to guide your students’ science learning.

What is Inquiry Science Teaching?
BioEd Online,

It’s Time for More Early Childhood Science: National Science Teachers Association (website) - Article that explains why primary students are at the perfect age to begin “discovering” science.

It’s Time for More Early Childhood Science
National Science Teachers Association,

Signature Lesson

Making Objects Move: AAAS Science NetLinks (websites) - Students identify ways to make objects move and construct an object that moves.

Making Objects Move
AAAS ScienceNetLinks,

Supporting Lessons

Hoopster: Exploratorium (website) - Students investigate the question, How can a round paper hoop fly if airplane wings are flat? To find the answer, they build and test-fly their own paper hoops.


Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Evaporation Exploration: American Chemical Society (PDF) - Students compare the rates at which water evaporates from cotton material and a paper towel.

Evaporation Exploration
American Chemical Society,

Sink or Float? Science NetLinks (website) - Students predict, and then conduct an investigation to determine, whether certain items sink or float.

Sink or Float?
Science NetLinks,

Assessment Ideas

Thinking back to the Signature Lesson, ask students, What do you think your test results would be like if you used half the number of pennies on your friction testers? How about twice as many? Have students write their predictions in their science notebooks, repeat the investigation using different numbers of pennies, and compare the results to their predictions. 

Literature Connections

What is Science? Dotlich, Rebecca Kai (ISBN-13: 978-0805073942)

Forces Make Things Move. Brubaker, Kimberly (ISBN-13: 978-0064452144)

Moving Heavy Things. Adkins, Jan (ISBN-13: 978-0937822821)

Why Do Moving Objects Slow Down? A Look at Friction, Boothroyd, J. (ISBN-13: 978-0761360575)

TIME for Kids Super Science Book. Brent, Lynnette (ISBN-13: 978-1603208123) 

Related Science TEKS

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

(1.2C) 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. 

Related Math TEKS

 1.9A    Collect and sort data.

1.9B     Use organized data to construct real object graphs, picture graphs, and bar-type graphs.

1.11C   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  Use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

1.12A  Explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

1.13A  Justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Choose a Project Idea: Discovery Education (website) - Students choose from a wide variety of testable questions related to plants and animals to serve as a basis for their own experiments and/or science fair projects. Includes guidance for investigating each question, including key issues to consider.

Choose a Project Idea
Discovery Education,

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