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Seventh graders determine the center of gravity of an object. They get card stock objects to balance on pencil eraser and a meter stick to balance with same # of weighted string(s) on each side. They get meter stick to balance with 2 weighted strings on 1 side and 1 weighted string on the other.
Students experiment with wood to determine its specific gravity. They measure and mark wood in increments of an inch. They drop a variety of woods into different depths of water to see which one sink.
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.
Students watch a video and engage in hands-on activities which introduce scientific information made real through re-cognition and understanding the phenomena of gravitational force and how it impacts life on our planet.
Students discuss sending a spacecraft into space and observe a trajectory demonstration. Students participate in experiments and activities to explore how the force of gravity is used to change the trajectory of a spacecraft. Experiments are available for all grade levels.
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.
Students research space and gravity and understand the difficulties humans have while on the International Space Station. In this space lesson plan, students listen to personal accounts of astronauts on videos and present designs to improve the space station.
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. The video is presented as if you are in a spacecraft viewing each topic within a window. Although it doesn't directly meet science standards, it would be an interesting addition to a unit on space exploration. Follow it with a discussion about why astronauts need to be in top physical condition before embarking on a mission.
Students explore physics by conducting a class experiment. In this gravitational force lesson plan, students define several scientific terms associated with force. Students utilize a styrofoam cup and marbles to simulate a satellite crashing in a gravitational experiment.
Students work with boxes and weights to find the center of gravity. In this simple center of gravity experiment, students find success in using weights to move the center of gravity. Students will be assessed at the end of the instructional activity as to how the center of gravity changes.
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!
Students study the effects of gravity on the planets of the Solar System. They view movies from the lunar Apollo missions, calculate their own weight on other planets, and propose what they might weigh on newly discovered planets around other stars.
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.
Students examine physics by completing a bicycle experiment in class. In this gravity lesson, students measure the characteristics of different bicycles and compare their different race times. Students utilize a shoebox, pencil, tape, thread and pennies to construct an anti-gravity machine based on the laws of physics.
For this forces worksheet, learners explain how a car's motion is affected by different forces. This worksheet has 3 short answer questions.
Learners explore weight by building a spring scale and observing how it responds to objects with different masses. Each team of students can make their own spring scale by following steps which are specifically outlined in the plan. As an extension, learners talk about how their spring would respond on different planets, where the force of gravity is much different than that on Earth.
Second graders, in groups, develop models to show how forces such as gravity, friction, equal, unequal forces and change in direction work on marbles.
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.
Students explore different types of art work. In this science lesson, students investigate art as it relates to science. They look at the Laws of Gravity and the physical influence on action and reaction.
Fifth graders explore the basic concepts of gravity in relation to Newton's law of gravity. They collect data about their experiments and include the gravitational influence on movement. They search the Internet to get a historical perspective of Newton, his discoveries and the physics involved with NASA and the space shuttle flights.