ENGAGE: Students will participate in a movement song/game such as the Hokey Pokey to see they can move their bodies as they wish. Students will brainstorm a list of objects that can move or be moved (i.e. blocks, toys, chairs, etc.) as the teacher records on chart paper. The chart should remain posted in the classroom to be added to as students brainstorm additional things that move or can be moved.
EXPLORE: The teacher will use chart paper to present a question about motion, such as "What are different ways to move an object?" A chair needing to be moved could be used as an example. The chart will be posted during the activity to complete during the EXPLAIN stage of the lesson.
The students will be reminded to wear their GOGGLES as they investigate the motion of different objects around the classroom in an effort to answer the question posed. Students will work with a partner to investigate the movement of objects making predictions and verifying findings.
The teacher should observe and guide students through questioning to lead them to investigate further, such as "What other motion could be used to move that object?" The teacher should record students' thoughts, misconceptions, further questions, etc. on the "Student Observations of Movement of Objects" sheet on their clipboard as they talk with students. The sheet can be downloaded from the Attachments below.
EXPLAIN: Concepts Explained and Vocabulary Defined
Students will be gathered after a few minutes of investigating. The posted question will be posed "What are different ways to move an object?" The students will share and explain ways objects were moved and how the object acted as a result of the movement. The students can demonstrate ways objects were moved. The teacher should ask students to name the type of motion used, for example, whether they "pushed" or "pulled" the object. Keywords (i.e. walk, run, push, pull, kick, drag, etc.) should be recorded on the chart. The students will return to their seats to record their observations in their science notebook through sentences, drawings or both.
Elaborate: The students should be reminded to watch for moving objects and objects that are being moved throughout the day and at home. in a group conversation, ask students to answer questions about their observations of what happens when moving objects. What did they experience and notice throughout the day?