Force and Motion

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Get the ball rolling with this upper-elementary science unit on forces and motion. Offering over three weeks of physical science lessons, this resource is a great way to engage the class in learning about simple machines, friction, the force of gravity, and much more.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use these activities and experiments to create a series of science learning centers during a unit on forces and motion
  • Alternate between teacher read-alouds, student read-alouds, and partner/small group readings of the science textbook
Classroom Considerations

  • Lessons are intended to accompany a reading of a fifth grade Harcourt Science textbook, but your own textbook can be used instead
  • Various materials are required that may or may not be available in the classroom, so be sure to plan ahead when teaching lessons
Pros

  • Clear step-by-step procedures are provided for carrying out the different activities and experiments
  • Multiple summative assessments are included throughout the unit
  • A teacher's guide is provided which offers suggestions for implementing this set of lessons
Cons

  • A handful of the lessons only involve reading and discussing the textbook