"One can never consent to creep when one feels the impulse to soar." ---Helen Keller

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Motion and Force Lesson in Kindergarten

I wanted to share a lesson with you that Ms. McFarland at Mary Esther Elementary did the other day. She did such an excellent job of engaging her students and guiding them through a lesson on motion and force.

The students were first gathered together on the floor to get instruction and directions for their lab that day. The kindergarten standard is SC.K.P.12.1 which states: Investigate that things move in different ways, such as fast, slow, etc.

Ms. McFarland also came in ahead of time to look over the lesson and materials. That makes such a difference to wrap your mind around what your purpose is and how you are going to handle the lesson.

The materials for this lesson were a bag of various items that would roll easily down the ramps as well as items that would not. Some would roll straight down such as the marble, while others might roll in a curve like the water bottle.  The materials are stored in plastic bags. We have a set for each two students to use.

After the students received instructions, they made a ramp using our wooden boards and dictionaries. These could be adjusted for height by using more or less dictionaries. The students can see how height affects the speed at which the item rolls.

The students rolled items down their ramps. They used a recording sheet to keep up with the items that rolled and didn't roll.

When they finished the items in their bags they cleaned up and went to the lab tables to look at what rolled and didn't. They colored the items that rolled and put an "X" on the ones that didn't. You could even have them cut and glue to a piece of paper.

Ms. McFarland then called them all back to the floor for a summary of the lesson. She quizzed them on how the items rolled, such as: fast, slow, easily, straight down, or to the sides.They discussed how to make them go faster or slower.

Great lesson for motion for the little guys. Think how you could make it adapt it for older students with talk of friction.