Gravity Teacher Resources
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New! Exploring the Water Cycle
The water cycle is one of earth's most easily observable processes, but demonstrating each step within classroom walls can be a challenge. Through a series of videos and quick demonstrations, cover each aspect of the hydrologic cycle in just two days, or, if you have the time, extend the learning beyond the basics with some of the additional lessons or activities created by the brilliant minds at NASA. Designed for the Next Generation Science Standards, these interactive and engaging exercises will ensure that your class learns all they need to know about the sun and gravity's effects on the water cycle.
Miss Selle's Science Songs - Gravity
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.
Pupils investigate how the height of the first hill on a rollercoaster affects the height of the second hill. They design and test two rollercoasters made of plastic tubing and BBs and can only use gravitational energy.
Charting The Planets
Students conduct different activities in order to unlock the secrets of the universe. They answer different questions that are written to assess knowledge of the planets. Information can be found on the internet to help.
Gravity and Circular Motion
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.
Eighth graders examine how gravity can cause the planets to move. In this gravity activity students divide into teams and complete an activity and games.
Gravity, Seasons, and Time
In this Earth learning exercise, students read about Earth's gravity, the reason the Earth has seasons, and time zones. Then students complete 21 multiple choice, 2 true or false, and 1 short answer question.
Riding the Gravity Wave
Students write a sketch of an artist or athlete that has pushed the limits on gravity. They explore concepts of rhythm, balance and friction. They examine how engineers design sports equipment.
Finding the Acceleration Due to Gravity
Students calculate acceleration due to gravity.
New! Gravity and Muscles
Humans are so used to gravity as a force that we don't tend to pay much attention to it on a daily basis. Through a couple simple activities, learners experience changes to their center of gravity and come to the understanding that people make adjustments for gravity more than we realize. Kids record their data on the provided worksheet, then answer some follow-up questions. Duration of the lesson will vary depending on the age of the class.
Gravity and Falling Objects
Learners watch experiments to define gravity and what gravity's function. In this gravity instructional activity, students watch video segments about experiments conducted with two objects to see what gravity does with different masses.
Students examine how gravity affects launching rockets into space. In this physical science activity, students review the concept of gravity and use an interactive online site, "Gravity Launch," to simulate a rocket launch.
Gravity and Falling Objects
Students explore force of gravity by experimenting with several falling objects.
Gravity and Motion
Students 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.
Can you feel the weight of the world? After viewing this PowerPoint, your physics class will. They learn that because of the gravitational pull of the sun, Earth does not go flying off into space. They also learn how to use the universal law of gravitation to calculate Earth's mass and the inverse-square law to relate intensity and distance. This is a descriptive demonstration of these physics concepts for your high schoolers.
Elements of Physics: Motion, Force and Gravity
High schoolers research about different human space explorations conducted by NASA. In this physical science instructional activity, students discuss why space exploration is important. They write a paper about their thoughts on continuing NASA's space shuttle program.
How to Think About Gravity
What goes up must come down, but there is more to the phenomenon than meets the eye! As it turns out, any two objects attract to each other. The formula for Newton's law of universal gravitation is introduced in the explanation. A touch of humor in this video makes it entertaining to most middle schoolers, so consider showing it in your earth science, astronomy, or physical science class.
Young scholars should describe the path that the motion would take as well as what might begin or stop the motion. The common characteristic of all the motions that students have experienced directly is that one or more forces are acting on the moving body.
Centers of Mass and Gravity
When you lecture on the center of mass and center of gravity, show this presentation as a note-taking guide for your physical science class. Pause at the fifth slide to let them find the center of mass for their pencils. Also ask them what adjustments they find themselves making to remain stable when they change their own center of gravity as shown on the tenth slide. This compact collection of slides really packs a practical punch!
Staying Grounded with Gravity: A Science Exploration Trail
What a great idea for scientific inquiry. This lab was intended for use as children explored a college campus, but it could be used anywhere. They go to three different places on campus and conduct a simple experiment that shows an aspect of gravity. Then they answer the related questions on the worksheet to help them think like scientists.