Gravity Teacher Resources
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Explore the effects of gravity using this demonstration on surface tension. Learners fill a glass with water, put a handkerchief over the top creating a seal, and then turn the glass over without losing a drop. This is a terrific way to help your class visualize this concept.
1 min 6th - 9th Science
Tinkering with Tops
Get kids' heads spinning by challenging them to design a top that will rotate for a minimum of 10 seconds without leaving a 30-cm circle. Groups of learners collaborate through a planning stage, testing stage, and evaluation stage. Some reading is provided on the history, anatomy, and types of tops, and on angular momentum for older pupils.
3rd - 12th Science CCSS: Designed
Our Solar System - Comparing Planetary Travel Distances
NASA presents a mini-unit on distances in our solar system. It incorporates scientific concepts of gravity, mass, density, and payload while your aspiring astronauts also employ mathematics skills. They calculate speed, they determine ratios and proportions, and they compare fractions, decimals, and percentages.
7th - 8th Math
Gravity Versus the Mighty Egg
Students design, revise and construct a method for protecting an egg from cracking when it is dropped from a height. They work in small groups to develop their protection method and then collect and analyze data as a class when each group drops their egg.
6th - 8th Science
Gravity and the Human Body
How does the absence of gravity affect the human body? The skeletal system, circulatory system, and the sense of balance are all impacted. With a very casual tone, an astronaut explains the changes to these body systems and also an experiment done by neuroscientists on underuse of organs.
5 mins 3rd - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Study Jams! Gravity & Inertia
Is it possible to defy gravity? Not really. With force and inertia, we can act against it for a little while, but, eventually, gravitational force will pull us back to Earth. The relationships among mass, force, and inertia are all described by Chloe in a lively little animated feature.
6th - 9th Science
Gravity Versus The Mighty Egg - Biology Teaching Thesis
Students are able to describe the principles of gravity. They name other places in the real world where we compensate for gravity. Students design a shock absorber with limited materials and explain how it works to protect an egg. They re-evaluate design according to analysis of collected data and describe it.
9th - 12th Science
May the Force be with You -- All about Force and Gravity
Here is a fabulous set of teacher's notes that will make your next hands-on gravity and force lab fun and interesting. These notes provide you with three activities that allow children to make and test hypothesis regarding force, gravity, and inertia.
5th - 6th Science
Direction of Acceleration Due to Gravity Vectors
Many realistic situations of active forces are presented here along with diagrams. The direction of movement, acceleration and gravity are labeled on each picture to help understanding. A summary of the direction of acceleration should be given for these representations and your pupils are asked to provide other examples of objects accelerating.
8th - 11th Science
General Relativity & Gravity
This portion of video from "The Elegant Universe" series explores the progression of our understanding gravity and general relativity. Historic photos, interviews with professors, and modern computer animations tell the story. This video can stand alone as a teaser trailer for your unit on gravitational forces.
9 mins 9th - 12th Science
Twisting and turning through the sky, roller coasters are popular attractions at amusement parks around the world, but how exactly do they work? Explore the physics behind these thrilling rides with an engineering design activity. Starting with a discussion of potential and kinetic energy and the law of conservation of energy, young engineers apply these concepts as they work in groups creating roller coasters using flexible plastic tubing and marbles.
3rd - 7th Science
TE Activity: The Great Gravity Escape
Students examine the principles of orbit using water balloons and a piece of string to see how gravity and the velocity of a spacecraft balance to form an orbit. They determine how an object can escape the gravity of the sun or planet. They look at how engineers design huge rockets so that they can get out of the Earth's gravity.
6th - 8th Science
How Can a Clock Part Measure Gravity?
Students measure motion. In this gravity and motion activity, students make a simple pendulum and use the TI-73 calculator to calculate how acceleration varies with pendulum length. Students record data from their experiments on the provided chart and step by step instructions on using the TI-73 are included.
7th - 8th Math