Elementary Science Program

 

balanceBalance and Motion


Learn how to balance a variety of objects so that they return to a stable position after being put in motion:

  • Observe and describe the behavior of a variety of spinning and rolling objects such as tops, balls, and wheels and axles

  • Books for Kids
  • Teacher Resources
  • Web Sites
  • Tips and Hints

Books for Kids

 

Teacher Resources

Balancing Stick This activity from the Exploratorium in San Francisco would be a good way to challenge your student's understanding of the balance portion of this module. Given a long dowel and a lump of clay, can students use the lump of clay to make the dowel easier to balance?

Force and Motion Curriculum Companion contains detailed resources tailored to modules dealing with force and motion. Take a look at the growing list of resources for this module. Background info, enrichment, interdisciplinary ideas, images, assessment, tips and comments, and kids web pages are all included in this useful site.

In Washington, the LASER Project has developed teacher toolkits for a number of the modules. The Balance & Motion Toolkit contains suggestions for each of the activities as well as links to other helpful sites.

Balance and Motion

 

Web Sites

The Foss website may have material for students or teachers that relates to this unit. Check the website to see interactive simulations, to write questions to a scientist, to find teaching tips, and to talk with other classes using FOSS.

Force and Motion Curriculum Background info, enrichment, interdisciplinary ideas, images, assessment, tips and comments, and kids web pages are all included in this useful site.

Using KWL to Introduce Inquiry: Balls and Ramps will give you some ideas about using KWL charts withthis module.

Tips and Hints