Lesson Plan

Forces

Understanding gravity
Fanny P.
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Mercedes-Benz International School
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Objectives

Students will be able to understand the concept of forces with special emphasis on gravity.

Gravity is a force pulling us down towards the center of the Earth. If there is no air, there is no force and objects are standing  as shown in this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E43-CfukEgs

In this lesson, students will start by exploring the concepts of mass, weight by using a spring scale to measure Newtons.

Subjects
Science
Grades 5
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Icebreaker and brainstorming

1. Students go to Google Classroom and ask a question using a visual prompt from Easy Science for Kids:

Easy Science for Kids

2. The Teacher shares a video on Google Classroom:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEs9J2IQIZY

3. Teacher ask what the students understood.

Student Instructions

1. All students have to answer the question "What is a force?" on Google Classroom. They can see each others' answer and reply to one another.

2. Students watch the video

3. Oral discussion.

 

2 Experimenting

4. Teacher shares a KMZ file and ask the students to import it to Google Earth to follow the journey of the characters of the film "Gravity".

http://www.ogleearth.com/gravity-google-earth.kmz

Students are asked to explore the various places and screenshots of the movie.

5. Students now have to research in small groups about "gravity" and write a short paragraph on a slide shared on google classroom of what gravity is on Earth. They can also compare (if they have time) with the astronaut experience in space.

Optional: Students could use the Roller Coaster VR App on smart phone and use the cardboard goggles to view. They could experience what it is like to be in a roller coaster and what are the forces that make the roller coaster work. They could continue by making a model and experimenting with their prototypes.

Student Instructions

4. Students import the KMZ file and start using Google Earth. They enjoy traveling and exploring places.

5. They need to research (Google Chrome) using advance search about "gravity" and write a short paragraph of what they understood on a slide presentation on google classroom.

Optional: Students could use the Roller Coaster VR App on smart phone and use the cardboard goggles to view. They could experience what it is like to be in a roller coaster and what are the forces that make the roller coaster work. They could continue by making a model and experimenting with their prototypes.

3 Analyzing the concept

6. Teacher ask student to use the App "Do Ink" and the green screen available. Using their iPad, they need to make a presentation of the concept of forces and use various background to explain the difference between gravity on Earth and on the Moon.

7. Teacher asks the students to store the video on Google Drive and share it with the class.

8. Homework is a reflection about the lesson on Google Classroom.

 

Student Instructions

6. Students need to search for background images, ask question and research more for any doubt and start shooting their video in small groups.

7. They add their video to Google Drive and share it with the class.

8. Students write a reflection on Google Classroom.