When K-2 students study Force with Science4Us, they begin to think of force as a push or a pull. Students see examples of force on a playground through live videos and experiment with force through hands-on lessons at school. An interactive mini-golf game allows students to experiment with the effects of force as they decide how much force to use in hitting the ball.
Finally, students explore factors and variables as they add what they’ve learned to their digital notebook. A special lesson on factors is included to help make teaching factors, controls, and variables easy.
The Engage session activates students’ prior knowledge of force, the cause of motion. In this session, students use their digital Notebooks to record their thoughts and then watch an animated video that gets them thinking about the topic. Students also participate in a teacher-led discussion of the different forces needed to move people or objects. To complete the session, students collaborate with peers offline and continue to unpack their prior knowledge.
This Elaborate session allows students to practice and apply new terminology related to force. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on the content vocabulary addressed throughout the module. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces literacy skills.
Opening a door, closing a lid, or skipping to school – each action requires just the right push or pull. This module guides students as they explore force, a push or a pull. It includes gravity and how much of a push or a pull is needed to move various objects over a distance.
Force, a push or a pull, is needed to change the position of an object.
force, attract, friction, gravity, mass, pull, push, surface, work
Reviewing the professional development available before, during and after the module helps teachers deliver the topic with confidence. Printable teacher guides are just one way to help you prepare. They include hands-on activities, prior knowledge questions for use before the lesson and follow-up questions for use afterward.
Teacher Lessons are broken up into sections and provide content background and extensions specific to each module. Each teacher section includes a summary, common misconceptions and how to dispel them, as well as best practices. One best practice when teaching about Force that students can benefit from is helping them distinguish between a push and a pull. A great way to demonstrate this is with a game of catch: throwing the ball is a push, but catching it is a pull. Remind them that a push moves something away from them, while a pull moves something toward them.