Kindergarten students explored the concept of force and motion. They conducted investigations to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object. Students observed how objects in contact exert forces on each other and how forces can be exerted without contact such as gravity or the magnetic force. They also gathered evidence that a pattern can be used to predict future motion. Using all the evidence collected, students were able to find connections to real life and share examples.
The first graders are learning how simple machines help accomplish physical tasks by providing mechanical advantage. Students identified the different types of simple machines and investigated the uses of simple machines in our daily lives. They used their problem solving skills to build different types of simple machines. In the coming days, the students will be learning about complex machines and gears.