Lesson plan

Force and motion with balls and playground equipment

A starter lesson on force. Use balls and our bodies to name types of motion and figure out the forces that make those motions.
Science content
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)

Short discussion on the carpet: what makes things move?
Read “Let’s Move” (Pan Canadian Science Place) p. 4-7.
A push or a pull - special name for it - a force.
Read definition in “What is a force” by Jacqui Bailey.
Good pictures in "Experiment with movement" book.

Experiment in the classroom: motion and forces with balls

Experiment in the playground: motion and forces on the playground

Grades taught
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 5
Teaching Site
Gordon Elementary
ingridscience afterschool