Push and Pull Unit Plan

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Push and Pull Unit Plan

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6 x Lessons | Suitable for Grades: 4 - 6

This Physical Sciences unit investigates contact and non-contact forces. Demonstrations and experimental procedures are explored with particular attention given to the scientific method.

It consists of 8 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

A knowledge check for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

 Overview

Objectives

  • To introduce the students to the different types of force.
  • To investigate the relationship between force and the resulting speed of an object.
  • To investigate electrostatics and the properties of its associated force.
  • To investigate magnetism and the properties of its associated force.
  • To investigate how moving objects in different ways affects the strength of friction force.
  • To investigate the forces involved in throwing, dropping, bouncing, and rolling, and how they affect an object.

 Lessons

60 minutes
Lesson 1

Push It - Introducing the Different Types of Force

A 60 minute lesson in which students are introduced to the different types of force.

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60 minutes
Lesson 2

Force and Speed - The Relationship Between Force and the Resulting Speed of an Object

A 60 minute lesson designed to investigate the relationship between force and the resulting speed of an object.

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60 minutes
Lesson 3

Electric Avenue - The Non-Contact Force of Electrostatics

A 60 minute lesson in which the students investigate electrostatics and the properties of its associated force.

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60 minutes
Lesson 4

Opposites Attract - Understanding the Non-contact Force of Magnetism

A 60 minute lesson in which the students investigate magnetism and the properties of its associated force.

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60 minutes
Lesson 5

There's a Fraction Too Much Friction - Science Investigation

A 60 minute lesson in which the students investigate how moving objects in different ways affects the strength of friction force.

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60 minutes
Lesson 6

Throwing, Dropping, Bouncing, Rolling - Science Investigation

A 60 minute lesson in which the students investigate the forces involved in throwing, dropping, bouncing, and rolling, and how they affect an object.

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60 minutes
Lesson 7 (Assessment)

Forces Knowledge Check

An assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of contact and non-contact forces.

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  National Curriculum Curriculum alignment


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