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This gravity lesson plan is a wonderful, interactive lesson that gets kids thinking about how science applies to daily life. For this lesson you will need:
A book on gravity – we used “What Is Gravity?” by Lisa Trumbauer
We began by building a large tower with blocks. I asked the boys to build the tallest tower they could. Once my sons first tower got half way as tall as him, the tower fell and he became frustrated. I explained that this was actually part of the lesson!! Why did the tower fall? What caused it to fall?
We then read the book on gravity and discussed each page. When you jump, why do you fall down? If you let go of a block you are holding, what happens? What happens to a ball when you throw it in the air? It is pulled back down because of GRAVITY! I then demonstrated this and asked them to give examples. Of course, they chose jumping off of the bed, tossing a block and jumping on the trampoline. All excellent examples.
- How is a tower of blocks like building?
- What can we do to build an even taller building? Does the shape matter?
- How do builders take gravity into consideration? Discuss structure, tools (my son pointed out they use rebar and concrete to anchor it).
We also used the slime that we made to discuss that even though slime can stretch and pull and be manipulated, it is still eventually pulled down by gravity!
This was a wonderful hands-on lesson. It was a blast seeing how tall we could make our buildings, seeing how making the base wider stabilized the building and allowed us to add even more blocks. And the slime is always fun to pull and tug and see what shape it takes. The kids really got into it and had a firm understanding of gravity.
I have created a chart for you to record your experiments with.
Kindergarten State Standards:
SC.K.E.5.1 :Explore the Law of Gravity by investigating how objects are pulled toward the ground unless something holds them up. (Building with blocks)
SC.K.N.1.3 :Keep records as appropriate — such as pictorial records — of investigations conducted. (Take pictures of your experiment and make a chart of the objects you test gravity with and note what happens)
Tied into 2nd Grade Standards:
SC.2.N.1.1 :Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them in teams through free exploration and systematic observations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.
SC.2.N.1.3 :Ask “how do you know?” in appropriate situations and attempt reasonable answers when asked the same question by others.
SC.2.P.13.1: Investigate the effect of applying various pushes and pulls on different objects.
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