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Overview

Introduce your children to the concepts of physical science, specifically motion and stability: forces and interactions with this game from The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! Nick and Sally are testing out the newest slides in Frictionarium. By changing a slide's height and texture, kids will engage in cause and effect as they race with Thing 1 and Thing 2.

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Investigate the resulting motion of objects when forces of different strengths and directions act upon them (e.g., object being pushed, object being pulled, two objects colliding).

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Vocabulary

• Push
• Pull
• Collide
• Investigate
• Result
• Motion
• Objects
• Forces
• Strengths
• Directions
• Refute

Knowledge

Students know:
• Pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions.
• Pushing or pulling on an object can change the speed or direction of its motion and can start or stop it.
• When objects touch or collide, they push on one another and can change motion.
• A bigger push or pull makes things speed up or slow down more quickly.

Skills

Students are able to:
• Investigate forces and interactions.
• Describe objects and their motions.
• Describe relative strengths and directions of the push or pull applied to an object.

Understanding

Students understand that:
• Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute ideas about effects on the motion of the object caused by changes in the strength or direction of the pushes and pulls.

Scientific and Engineering Practices

Planning and Carrying out Investigations

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect

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Use observations and data from investigations to determine if a design solution (e.g., designing a ramp to increase the speed of an object in order to move a stationary object) solves the problem of using force to change the speed or direction of an object.*

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Vocabulary

• Force
• Speed
• Direction
• Data
• Observe
• Describe
• Engineering
• Investigation
• Imagine
• Plan
• Create
• Improve
• Solution

Knowledge

Students know:
• The relative speed or direction of the object before a push or pull is applied (e.g., faster, slower).
• The relative speed or direction of the object after a push or pull is applied.
• How the relative strength of a push or pull affects the speed or direction of an object (e.g., harder, softer).

Skills

Students are able to:
• Conduct an investigation.
• Collect and record observations from tests of an object or tool to determine if it works as intended.
• Organize information in a usable format.
• Analyze data from tests to determine change in speed or direction.

Understanding

Students understand that:
• Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute ideas about the effects on the motion of the object caused by changes in the strength or direction of the pushes and pulls.

Scientific and Engineering Practices

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect

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Plan and carry out an experiment to determine the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object using one variable at a time, including number, size, direction, speed, position, friction, or air resistance (e.g., balanced forces pushing from both sides on an object, such as a box, producing no motion; unbalanced force on one side of an object, such as a ball, producing motion), and communicate these findings graphically.

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Vocabulary

• Experiment
• Variable
• Motion
• Force (push and pull)
• Balanced forces
• Unbalanced forces
• Cause and effect
• Number
• Size
• Direction
• Position
• Friction
• Air resistance
• Communicate
• Graphically
• Net force
• Sum

Knowledge

Students know:
• Each force acts on one particular object and has both strength and direction.
• An object at rest typically has multiple forces acting on it, but they add to give zero net force on the object.
• Forces that do not sum to zero can cause changes in the object's speed or direction of motion.
• Objects in contact exert forces on each other.

Skills

Students are able to:
• Collaboratively plan an experiment to determine the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object using one variable at a time.
• Carry out an experiment to determine the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object using one variable at a time.
• Collect and record data from experiment.
• Describe how the investigation plan addresses the purpose of the investigation.
• Communicate findings graphically.

Understanding

Students understand that:
• Cause and effect relationships provide evidence when investigating balanced and unbalanced forces.

Scientific and Engineering Practices

Planning and Carrying out Investigations

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect

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Investigate ways to move different objects to include pushing, pulling, and colliding objects.

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Vocabulary

• Push
• Pull
• Collide
• Investigate
• Result
• Motion
• Objects
• Forces
• Strengths
• Directions
• Refute

Knowledge

Students know:
• Pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions.
• Pushing or pulling on an object can change the speed or direction of its motion and can start or stop it.
• When objects touch or collide, they push on one another and can change motion.
• A bigger push or pull makes things speed up or slow down more quickly.

Skills

Students are able to:
• Investigate forces and interactions.
• Describe objects and their motions.
• Describe relative strengths and directions of the push or pull applied to an object.

Understanding

Students understand that:
• Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute ideas about effects on the motion of the object caused by changes in the strength or direction of the pushes and pulls.

Scientific and Engineering Practices

Planning and Carrying out Investigations

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect

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Observe the movement of objects in a variety of real-world environments.

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Vocabulary

• Force
• Speed
• Direction
• Data
• Observe
• Describe
• Engineering
• Investigation
• Imagine
• Plan
• Create
• Improve
• Solution

Knowledge

Students know:
• The relative speed or direction of the object before a push or pull is applied (e.g., faster, slower).
• The relative speed or direction of the object after a push or pull is applied.
• How the relative strength of a push or pull affects the speed or direction of an object (e.g., harder, softer).

Skills

Students are able to:
• Conduct an investigation.
• Collect and record observations from tests of an object or tool to determine if it works as intended.
• Organize information in a usable format.
• Analyze data from tests to determine change in speed or direction.

Understanding

Students understand that:
• Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute ideas about the effects on the motion of the object caused by changes in the strength or direction of the pushes and pulls.

Scientific and Engineering Practices

Analyzing and Interpreting Data

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect

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Identify the effect of a force (e.g., push, pull, gravity) applied to an object.

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Vocabulary

• Experiment
• Variable
• Motion
• Force (push and pull)
• Balanced forces
• Unbalanced forces
• Cause and effect
• Number
• Size
• Direction
• Position
• Friction
• Air resistance
• Communicate
• Graphically
• Net force
• Sum

Knowledge

Students know:
• Each force acts on one particular object and has both strength and direction.
• An object at rest typically has multiple forces acting on it, but they add to give zero net force on the object.
• Forces that do not sum to zero can cause changes in the object's speed or direction of motion.
• Objects in contact exert forces on each other.

Skills

Students are able to:
• Collaboratively plan an experiment to determine the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object using one variable at a time.
• Carry out an experiment to determine the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object using one variable at a time.
• Collect and record data from experiment.
• Describe how the investigation plan addresses the purpose of the investigation.
• Communicate findings graphically.

Understanding

Students understand that:
• Cause and effect relationships provide evidence when investigating balanced and unbalanced forces.

Scientific and Engineering Practices

Planning and Carrying out Investigations

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and Effect

CR Resource Type

Interactive/Game

Resource Provider

PBS
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