As some of you know, I'm a first year 5th grade teacher. I'm the science teacher for my "team." Well, our next science unit is "Force and Motion." There are no books or resources for this unit. The other science teachers have never taught it before, so they don't have any materials I can borrow either. The only resource I have is a poorly written curriculum that is not helpful at all!
I have a list of objectives I am supposed to be teaching that (hopefully) line up with Missouri's grade level expectations. We are only allowed to teach the curriculum, not the GLEs, but that's another thread entirely!!
Anyway, I would really appreciate any lesson ideas or activities that you all have tried. I've been doing some research online and found some ideas, but I could sure use some more!!
Here are the objectives:
1. classify different types of motion (curved, straigh, back and forth)
2. identify the forces acting on the motion of objects traveling in a straight line
3. recognize friction as a force that slows down or stops a moving object that is touching another object or surface
4. compare the forces (measured by a spring scale) required to overcome friection when an object moves over different surfaces
5. identify forces acting on a load and use a spring scale to measure the weight of the load
6. determine the gravitational pull of the Earth on an object using a spring scale
7. recognize that balanced forces actring on an object do not affect an object's motion, while unbalanced forces change its speed, direction of motion, or both
8. explain and predict how increasing or decreasing the amount of force, mass, or speed of an object affects the motion of that object
9. predict the effects of an electrostatic force on the motion of objects
10. describe how friction affects the amount of force needed to do work over different surfaces or rhough different media
11. explain how work can be done on an object
12. recognize simple machines change the amound of effort and/or direction of force and identify the common everyday simple machines
13. compare the measures of effort force needed to lift a load with and without the use of simple machines.
The curriculum does suggest learner activities, but a lot of them are vague and not really explained. The section where resources should be listed is BLANK!! I have some ideas already, but any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I am feeling incredibly overwhelmed at the moment.....