We read The Three Little Pigs. Then we brainstormed other forces the wolf could have used to knock down the pig's houses.
We read lots of books about motion. Then we acted them all out.
I set up all kinds of stations where my students could experiment with forces and motion. They took turns pushing and pulling each other in our class recycle bin.
Making different kinds of ramps. Experimenting with Friction. Seeing if things roll or slide.
Throwing and rolling different types of balls.
We made a Bridge map to show the different ways things move.
We graphed our favorite way to move.
We compared things that you push and things that you pull.
We learned that some things change shape because of a force. We experimented with this idea by pushing and pulling on play-doh to change its shape.
We tried to make heavy things easier to move.
We rolled large marbles fast and slow, side to side, back and forth, around and around, and in a zig zag.
Just found this book about force and motion. It was new to me.
My teammate, Nicole, made this graph with her kids to introduce the study on force and motion. I loved how she used the wheels to make the graph and what a great question to get started with. You can see that a lot of kids started out with some misconceptions about motion. Love her fun colored cars too!
You can go here for more about these activities, the clip art for them, and some other force and motion ideas.