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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.
Eighth graders explain how gravity affects erosion and deposition and differentiates between rapid and slow mass wasting.
Learners predict how a parachute works. They draw a design of a parachute. Students construct a parachute that is able to slow the fall of several pennies in a cup and an egg. They explain how a parachute creates air resistance to show objects falling by gravity.
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.
Third graders investigate the effects of gravity on the motion of a marble on an inclined plane and a declined plane. They work in small cooperative groups to predict and explain outcomes.
Students develop ideas and identify examples of the impact that gravity has on the universe.
Students explore a hydrometer. In this gravity instructional activity students construct a hydrometer and create a liquid density column.
Students watch an episode of the PBS show "Jay Jay the Jet Plane," and explore magnets and gravity. They conduct various experiments involving magnets and sand, bean bags, and a fishing pole with magnets.
Third graders discover the interrelationship between weight, mass, and gravity by conducting several simple experiments. After individually weighing objects, they graph the weights on worksheets. Extensions include making flip books about the effects of gravity on objects and creating stories about a day without gravity.
Students write a research paper about human space travel. In this space travel lesson plan, students watch a video and research issues related to space travel. They use their research to write a paper about whether human space travel should continue.
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.
In this Bill Nye the Science Guy gravity worksheet, students complete a set of 23 questions about he video: true/false fill in the blanks, and multiple choice.
In this gravity pitch worksheet, students first answer prior knowledge questions, then use the "Gravity Pitch Gizmo" program to complete a set of activities, answering questions when finished with each.
Students examine how gravity affects erosion and deposition through teacher demonstation, and discuss its impact on their communities.
Third graders observe and analyze the forces of gravity. They are going to pretend to go on a bike ride and listen carefully as you describe the terrain. Students respond appropriately to the forces of gravity. They throw the ball into the air and force they exert pushes the ball forward.
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 conduct an experiment to determine how the absence of a root cap affects a plant's ability to sense gravity. They make comparisons between capped and decapped roots.
Students investigate the concept of gravity. In this physics lesson, students view a demonstration of the concept of gravity by using glue. Students identify why the glue won't go up into the air when the bottle is squeezed. Students draw a picture of something that will fall to the ground and another picture of an object that stays up.