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Good Thinking! _ Falling 101

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Good Thinking! _ Falling 101


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Falling 101 investigates why and how things fall, and explores common student misconceptions about gravity, inertia, and air resistance.

Content Standard(s):
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
7 ) Design and conduct a test to modify the speed of a falling object due to gravity (e.g., constructing a parachute to keep an attached object from breaking).*

Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect
Disciplinary Core Idea: Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Design a test to modify the speed of a falling object.
  • Conduct a test to modify the speed of a falling object.
  • Collect and record data including data before and after the modification is added.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • gravity
  • design
  • conduct
  • gravitational force
Students know:
  • The gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed downward towards the center of Earth.
  • How an engineering design process is used to design and conduct a test.
  • The properties (surface area, substance, weight) of different materials used to modify the speed of a falling object will affect the fall.
Students are able to:
  • Apply scientific ideas to solve design problems.
  • Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the design solution.
Students understand that:
  • A device added to a falling object can cause the speed to be modified.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Earth: Gravity and Space

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.5.7- Identify solutions designed to reduce the effects of a falling object due to gravity (e.g., a parachute to keep an attached object from breaking).

Tags: air resistance, force, gravity, inertia, motion
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Author: Stephanie Carver