Build a Spinning Top

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There's no spin needed to describe the usefulness of a dizzying resource! Using paper plates, DVDs, wooden skewers, and pencils, learners work in teams to create spinning tops. The longest-spinning top wins.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have a contest to see which group's top spins the longest
Classroom Considerations

  • A lot of materials are required for the activity; see complete list in teacher guide
  • Resource assumes students know how to use a hot glue gun, but you can replace it with double-sided tape for a safer activity

  • Provides some optional activity variations
  • Include a list of defined vocabulary

  • None