Elementary Science Program

 

motionVariables


Gain experience with the concept of variables:

  • Design and conduct controlled experiments

  • Use data to make predictions

  • Acquire some understanding of the behavior of pendulums, catapults and boats

 

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

Books for Kids

Book of Science Questions that Children Ask Jack Meyers. Boyds Mills Pr, 1995, ISBN 1563974789. An 11-year old reader from Broomall, Pa, writes "This book help me do my homework all the time. Trust me and buy this book." (amazon.com) Selected from back issues of Highlights for Children magazine, this collection of answers to over 350 children's questions about science covers a wide range of science topics. (ENC Focus, vol 8, No 3, 2001, p 92)

Teacher Resources

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.

Variables

 

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.

Amusement Park Physics How do physics laws affect amusement park ride design? At this website, you'll find out  by designing your own roller coaster and experimenting with bumper car collisions.

The Flying Turtle Science and Technology Exploration Site The FT Exploring site is packed to the brim with essays on a range of topics - such a range, in fact, that it's hard to pin down exactly what the main theme is. The authors (a distinctly wacky father and son team from Idaho) have worked hard to produce hand-illustrated sections on plants and photosynthesis, energy (or 'the Mysterious Everything' as they like to call it) and the mechanics of insects amongst other things, all written in an idiosyncratic, chatty style aimed at younger visitors. The information is largely very interesting and well-done, though areas of the site do zoom off on tangents: the "not-necessarily-scientific" section where Turtle Boy has a lengthy discussion with cartoon aliens about whether or not basketball players know much about batteries... would be an example. All in all - aside from the occasional clutter and inconsistent navigation - a good introduction to some big science subjects, if you don't mind being educated by reptiles. (New Scientist, 31 January 2003)

Tips and Hints