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Pupils 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.
Would a baggie filled with water have the same shape sitting on a table as it would in a bucket of water? Why not? Allow learners to find out first-hand the effects of gravity acting alone on the baggie, as well as when gravity is counteracted by buoyancy. In the first instructional activity of a unit on muscles and bones, kids begin to understand how water is similar to a microgravity setting, such as on the International Space Station. While the instructional activity may not seem to have much to do with muscles or bones, it is referred to in other lessons in the unit when talking about astronauts training for space in Earth's closest thing to a microgravity environment: under water.
Students experiment with force and motion. In this force and motion lesson, students test gravity using a variety of objects. Students rotate through a series of stations which use force, motion, friction, and inclines. Students predict outcomes and compare to results.
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 construct a tower as high as possible that can successfully lean without collaspling. They examine the effect that lowering an object's center of gravity has on the torque produced on an object.
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.
Students use their knowledge to crash a comet into Jupiter or make a comet fly past the planet without colliding with it.
Students simulate how the Moon causes ocean tides. For this earth science lesson, students calculate gravitational acceleration using a mathematical formula. They compare the force of attraction between the Earth, Moon and Sun system.
In this forces worksheet, students explain how a car's motion is affected by different forces. This worksheet has 3 short answer questions.
Students explain basic principles of aeronautics such as gravity and lift. In this How Things Fly lesson, students visit the interactive, hands-on How Things Fly gallery at the Smithsonian. Students perform three experiments that simulate airplane flight. Students create airplanes and try to fly them according to aeronautic design principles. Worksheets for activities are included.
Students use the graphing calculator and the core equation: y=Ax^2+Bx+C where A = the acceleration of gravity/2, B = the initial velocity, and C = initial height above ground to graph parabolas for Earth and Mars. They experiment with holding different co-efficients constant and viewing the results.
Second graders, in groups, develop models to show how forces such as gravity, friction, equal, unequal forces and change in direction work on marbles.
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.
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!
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 explore the aircraft used in World War II. In this World History lesson, students read an article that describes a "flying saucer" created by the Nazi's. Upon completion of the reading, students answer questions on the article, summarize the article, focus on vocabulary words in the article and complete a small group activity.
Third graders use a Slinky, rubber bands, paper, coins and cups to experiment with weight and its relationship to gravity. They discuss their results and develop a consensus on conclusion statements derived from their experiments.