The Early Years: Roll With Itby: Peggy Ashbrook

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Sliding common objects, such as blocks, boxes, balls, empty containers, and even play foods down a ramp is a fun way for kids to start exploring some physical science concepts related to the position, force and motion of objects and to develop their abilities of technological design. Included in this article is a corresponding activity.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
7/1/2006

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Reviews (4)
  • on Wed Jul 31, 2013 10:42 AM

This interesting article describes several ways that students can explore how things roll down a ramp. It also has an activity that has great result, but takes a lot of time to prepare for.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:27 PM

This article provides teachers in grades PreK to 2 the steps in performing a simple experience that explains how wheels make work easier. Along with this there is a blog article about kids and computers as well as some related books that can be read to students about this topic.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:18 PM

Science rocks along and is accessible to young children when you begin with easily available everyday objects. Children can begin to learn about force & motion in a developmentally appropriate way by rolling and moving items like balls, boxes, marbles, and trucks. This article gets right to the essence of how easy teaching science to young hcildren can be. Conceptual understanding will certainly occur in this lesson. Students have the opportunity to participate in an appropriate, exciting science investigation . They predict, record, test their ideas, record and discuss their results. The article also includes an example of a simple assessment that allows you to determine student achievement.

Kathy Renfrew  (Barnet, VT)
Kathy Renfrew (Barnet, VT)

  • on Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:34 AM

This article explains how to do activities with sliders and rollers using a ramp. It also talks about how some things can be made to move by simply blowing on them, but bigger things need a push or a pull. The lesson plan included with this article requires a lot of heavy equipment including sand and boards, but it is an effective way to show students how wheels make a task easier.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)


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