Exploring Factors that Effect Motion

Illustration Elements


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

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