Exploring Factors that Effect Motion

Illustration Elements

Illustration Éléments


Students were exploring the effects of pushes and pulls, as well as size, shape, and materials on movement. They were encouraged to work cooperatively in small groups to create a structure with ramps to use in their experiments.


Activity Photo

Experimenting with forces using ramps

Teacher Reflection

I heard things like:

  • Should we make it taller?
  • Can you please hold this?
  • Wait, maybe this will work!
  • We have to connect it better
  • Do you think it (the ball) can go up again?
  • What if you put it underneath?
  • That’s awesome!
  • Here!  What if you try it? (gives another student the ball)

I observed:

  • Students making decisions both collaboratively and independently
  • Students sharing their ideas confidently
  • Students taking turns and using positive language to encourage their peers
  • All students making contributions to the creation
  • Students persevering when they encountered challenges and looking to each other for support and encouragement
  • Students showing innovative thinking and taking risks to try new things
  • Students communicating their ideas and needs to one another effectively
  • Students being proud to share their creations with others

I contribute during group activities with peers and share roles and responsibilities to achieve goals.

I take on different roles and tasks in the group and work respectfully and safely in our shared space. I express my ideas and help others feel comfortable to share theirs so that all voices are included. I work with others to achieve a common goal and can evaluate our group processes and results.



I communicate purposefully using forms and strategies I have practiced.

I participate in conversations for a variety of purposes (e.g., to connect, help, be friendly, learn/share). I listen and respond to others. I can consider my purpose when I am choosing a form and content. I can communicate clearly about topics I know and understand well, using forms and strategies I have practiced. I gather and present basic information I need.


I can ask questions and consider options. I can use my observations, experience, and imagination to draw conclusions and make judgments.

I can ask open-ended questions, explore, and gather information. I experiment purposefully to develop options. I can contribute to and use criteria. I use observation, experience, and imagination to draw conclusions, make judgments, and ask new questions. I can describe my thinking and how it is changing.  I can establish goals individually and with others. I can connect my learning to my experiences and efforts and goals. I give and receive constructive feedback.