Friday, March 29, 2013

Using Wind Power in First Grade

This week in enrichment students in first grade are continuing their exploration of force and motion with an experiment using the force of their own wind power! Our experimentation began by asking the question: How will the weight of an object impact how much force is needed to make it move? We designed an experiment in which students would use a straw to move a ball across the carpet. We discussed the importance of only changing one variable (the type of ball) and the students recorded their observations in their science journal.

Before the experiment students were asked to make a prediction about which ball would go the farthest. These were a great learning vehicle as some students were able to validate their prediction and other students were challenged to figure out why their prediction was incorrect. Next week we will have a scientists' meeting to discuss our results!

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