Experiencing Friction in First Gradeby: Bill Burton

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First-grade students explore friction and use technology to collect data during a unit on forces and motion.

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  • on Tue Oct 23, 2018 10:35 AM

What an unique way to teach friction to younger students. This lab would also be an excellent introductory activity for students in physics and physical science who do not have a vast background in science. For those using sensors with their laboratory activities, it would be an excellent warm-up to teach students how to use the force sensor and reading a graph. After this activity, they could move to more traditional friction laboratories.

Ruth Lehmann Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Lehmann Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Fri Nov 02, 2012 9:53 AM

Students demonstrated their understanding of friction first through a general discussion and then through a show and tell about different grit levels of sandpaper. Then they used a Vernier force plate on a chair to provide real data for students to analyze as they pulled themselves across an area covered with tennis balls. The data plot was projected and students analyzed that real-world data. The activity is described and could easily be reproduced. .

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

  • on Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:30 AM

This is a very interesting article about teaching friction in first grade. The introductory activities used to introduce friction are excellent. Using Vernier equipment in first grade is unusual, but in this article it shows how first graders can use advanced technology to gain understanding of a science concept.

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

  • on Sat Feb 09, 2013 6:17 PM

This journal article was very helpful. I learned a lot on the various ways that a teacher can teach friction to younger children (First graders). I will keep this article in mind when I become a teacher.

Tiffany Neufeld
Tiffany Neufeld

  • on Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:24 PM

This journal could really help me in teaching students.

Kayla N
Kayla N

  • on Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:14 AM

I felt that this journal would really help me as a future teacher!

Tiffany N
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