Lesson Plan

Force and Motion

Introduction to Force and Motion: Friction
Josie M.
Classroom teacher
Towne Meadow Elementary School
Carmel, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

Define Newton's 1st Law of Motion
Define what force is
Explain how friction affects motion
Demonstrate their understanding through explanation or demonstration
Justify their reasoning

Grades 4
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

Free, Paid

Teacher will pull up Kahoot game - https://create.kahoot.it/details/force-motion/7060c2e8-c310-4181-bc95-d2...

Teacher will use this activity as an introduction and as a pre-assessment to see where the students are at in terms of their understanding of Force and Motion

Student Instructions

Students will use a device to pull up kahoot.it and enter the game PIN to begin playing.

Students can play one-to-one device OR in team mode if classrooms don't have enough devices.

Students will play through the 10 questions to determine their pre-existing knowledge of Force and Motion.

2 Direct Instruction

Print out the article - How Soccer Can Help Us Understand Physics

Review the following vocabulary before reading: Friction, Force, Interaction

Read the article aloud with students as they follow along. If your students can read independently, then you can do that as well. Once students are finished reading the article you can either assign the comprehension questions to the students or verbally discuss the questions as a whole group to facilitate further understanding of force, motion, and friction.

3 Guided Practice

Allow students to trial and error through the game for about 10 minutes or so.

Possible questions to discuss:
What did you notice about the different surfaces the car traveled on?
Which surface did the car travel furthest on? Why do you think so?
Which surface did the car travel the least on? Why do you think so?
Does the force of the push affect how far the car travels?
What happens what you have a surface that has a little amount of friction and you give it a hard push? What about a surface with a lot of friction and a hard push?

4 Independent Practice

PBS Kids - Sid the Science Kid - Friction game

Teacher should walk around and check-in with students to see what they are playing and have them verbally explain what they are learning and realizing through playing the games.

Student Instructions

Students will play the different games to further their understanding of push vs pull and the affect friction has on movement.

5 Wrap Up

Google Drive
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Students can either present their finished slides to the class, small group, or to the teacher for a formative assessment.

Student Instructions

Students will create a 1 slide presentation using Google Slides to explain what they learned using the learning targets as their guide.

Students will make sure to justify their thinking with evidence from the reading passage as well as what they learned from the games.