Gravity Teacher Resources
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Weight A Minute
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.
TE Activity: Wow! That Captures It!
Students examine how motion capture technology allows computer based animators to design realistic effects in animation. They study how the center of gravity contributes to animation and how to use the center of gravity to write an action scene.
The Importance of Tropisms
Students investigate plant tropisms using the scientific method. For this life science lesson, students learn about tropisms and test the response of corn seedlings to gravity. Response questions, extensions, and an adaptation for older students are also included.
Space Science: Adventure is Waiting
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.
The Learning Tower of Straws Challenge
Young scholars 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.
Creating/Improving the International Space Station
Young scholars 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.
New! Gravity and Buoyancy
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 lesson 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 lesson 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.
The Art of Science: Gravity
Through a series of experiments and demonstrations, fifth graders will learn about gravity. They will make predictions, drop various objects, write down their observations, and try to understand gravity through balance. This instructional activity seems as though it is intended for a summer or after school program. However, the experiments are sound and would compliment any instructional activity on gravity.
Fourth graders discuss the myth of Galileo's experiments in which he threw items out the leaning Tower of Pisa to find out how fast they fell and predict what they think could happen when the two items listed on the same line are dropped at the same time.
Gravity In The Universe
High schoolers assess and explore gravity in the Universe via several short video lessons. They analyze why this science matters and the history of Sir Isaac Newton's law of gravity. A variety of questions are asked within this lesson for each student to answer.
Center of Gravity
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.
Specific Gravity of Wood
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.
Understanding the Gravity of the Situation
Ninth graders identify the factors that affect gravitational attraction. In this physics lesson, calculate gravitational force between masses using a mathematical formula. They describe how mass and distance affect this force.
Science: Gravity and Toy Car Experiment
Third graders discover the effects upon gravity caused by mass and distance of the gravitational force between two objects. Using toy cars and a ramp, they add more weight to their cars and measure the distance they travel from the top of the ramp to the stopping point. Once they have experimented numerous times, 3rd graders compile their information into a bar graph.
The Gravity of the Situation
Learners 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.
Gravity: A Relatively Heavy Subject
Students examine planetary movement and its relation to the tide.In this gravity lesson students describe how and why the high and low tides change every day.
The Gravity of Motion
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.
Gravity and erosion
Eighth graders explain how gravity affects erosion and deposition and differentiates between rapid and slow mass wasting.
Gravity Gets You Down
Students investigate the force of gravity and how it effects different objects that are put into acceleration when applied the experiment of free falling. They drop different objects that have a variety of masses and some that cause air resistance. They make observations and record the findings.
Learning about gravity
Learn how to measure weight with newtons in a science experiment about gravity. After they read a short paragraph about force, fifth graders draw an arrow to indicate which way a spring is being pulled. Next, they survey their family members to see which of them has the greatest response to gravity.