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Week 1: Move It!

Lesson 1

Children explore and describe ways they can make objects move, then observe the way objects move when they use a big versus a little force.


Circle Time: Introduction

We Can Make It Move   
5-10 min.

 

A student holds a wooden block as a teacher looks on.

Children are introduced to the concept of force as they explore different ways to make objects move.

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Keep the Ball Rolling   
5-10 min.

 

During circle time, one student gets ready to push a baseball across the floor.

A circle game helps children explore ways they can make a ball roll and stop. Then children compare giving the ball a big push or a little push.

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Guided Small Group

Big Push, Little Push   
5-10 min.

 

A teacher and a student kneel on the floor. They both are about to push yellow cardboard blocks across the floor.

Children explore how far a block will slide when given a little push or a big push.

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Coconut Star, Levels 1-3   
5-10 min. 

 

Coconut Star app screenshot.

In the Initial Force levels, children use a "kicking boot" machine to kick a coconut and explore how the amount of force they use (little, medium, or big) affects how far the coconut will roll.

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Learning Centers

Blowing Paint   
5-15 min.

 

A close up of paint on paper being moved around by someone blowing through a straw.

Art Center: Children use a straw to blow at paint puddles, creating splatter designs.

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Push and Slide   
5-15 min.

 

A student pushes a plastic lid across a table.

Manipulatives Center: Children play a tabletop "shuffleboard" game, using little and big pushes to land plastic lids in near and far zones.

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Coconut Star, Levels 1-3   
5-10 min. 

 

Coconut Star app screenshot.

Digital Learning Center: Children explore how the amount of initial force affects how far a coconut will roll.

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Outdoors

Balls and Swings   
10-15 min.

 

Students stand against a fence. One girl holds a pink ball, raised as if ready to throw.

Children explore ways to move swings, including pushing and pulling. They try kicking, throwing, and rolling balls to find out which goes the farthest.

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Circle Time: Wrap-Up

And Everyone Shouted, 'Pull!'   
10 min.

 

A teacher holds up a book in front of students seated on the floor.

Children participate in this read-aloud, using motions, words, and song, and make connections to their own explorations of how objects can be made to move.

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