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Young scientists will enjoy this delightful video that illustrates the role gravity plays in our solar system. Lyrics set to a snappy tune explain that the force of gravity is what holds us to the earth and keeps planets orbiting around the sun. The song also includes information about the Big Bang, black holes, galaxies, and all the planets. The video presents attention-grabbing visual representations that correspond to the lyrics, making it an excellent supplement to your lessons about the solar system.
Go around and around in your physics class with this presentation on circular motion. Diagrams bring the definition to life. Formulas for angular acceleration, centripetal force, gravitation, and potential in a radial field are given. This comprehensive set of slides concludes with an example problem.
Learners investigate the concepts of gravity and motion, revolution and rotation. In this gravity lesson, students watch a video about gravity. They determine what their ages would be on different planets based on their revolution around the sun. They complete journal entries that show understanding of the concepts.
Through a series of experiments and demonstrations, fifth graders will learn about gravity. They will make predictions, drop various objects, write down their observations, and try to understand gravity through balance. This lesson seems as though it is intended for a summer or after school program. However, the experiments are sound and would compliment any lesson on gravity.
Students study forces by examining the force of gravitational attraction. They observe how objects fall and measure the force of gravitational attraction upon objects. Students discover that, since gravitational constants are different for places other than Earth, engineers must especially take gravity and weight into consideration when they design spacecraft, and moon or planetary vehicles.
Middle schoolers investigate plant tropisms using the scientific method. In this life science lesson, students learn about tropisms and test the response of corn seedlings to gravity. Response questions, extensions, and an adaptation for older middle schoolers are also included.
These full-color handouts feature two activities. The first is a reading on comets, meteors, and meteoroids. Your space science learners will examine ten phrases and determine which of the three each characterizes. The second activity involves a Web Quest in which participants visit websites about black holes, gravity, and the use of robots in space exploration. These activities are most appropriate for your upper elementary scientists.