Lesson plan

Force stations

Students rotate around stations exploring different kinds of forces.
Science content
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Physics: Energy forms, Conservation of Energy (1, 3, 4, 5)

Set up a selection of the stations, and divide students into groups.

For younger students, show what to do at each station, highlighting the forces in each case.

Older students can be told they will be exploring forces, and leave them to discover phenomena themselves.


Romy's class had 7 stations: We did Magnet pendulum together, then they rotated through Balancing balloon with hairdryer, Balancing pole, Balancing rocket, Catapult - torsion, Windmill, Spinning chair, Balancing toy with the attached worksheet.
Science Club had 4 stations (grades 1-3): Balancing balloon with hairdryer, Spinning chair, Balancing toy, Magnet pendulum. Then we set off the Balloon rocket outside.
Destination Imagination workshop had three stations: Balancing balloon with hairdryer, Balancing pole, Balloon rocket
Eton Arrowsmith Camp: paper airplanes and tin can catapult all together, then Balancing toy, Balancing balloon with hairdryer, Balancing pole as stations. Then See Saw altogether.
Shaughnessy Ks explored Pushes, Pulls and Balance with four stations: balance point on a ruler, balancing sculpture, coin game and popsicle stick catapult

Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Gr 5
Gr 6
Gr 7