Lesson plan

Forces at-a-distance

Summary
Activities on at-a-distance forces: magnet stations, as well as activities on gravity, static electricity.
Science content
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Procedure

Explore an at-a-distance force with magnet stations (use four or fewer of the magnet activities listed).

Add another activity, after magnet stations, or as their own station:
Blow up a balloon - see it fall from the force of gravity, and make hair rise up (without the balloon touching it) to demonstrate electrostatic force.
Paper airplanes have four forces acting on them, each in a different direction, including gravity (a force at-a-distance) and air resistance (a contact force).

A contact force activity: air resistance, also added on to this lesson.

Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Teaching Site
Carnarvon Elementary
Elsie Roy Elementary
Gordon Elementary