Unit: Physical Science - Gravity
Grade Levels: 4-6
Connection To Curriculum: Science, Mathematics and Technology
Teacher Prep Time: 1 hour
Lesson Time Needed: 2 hours
Keywords: gravity, center of mass, center of gravity, balance, weight
Pencil with flat eraser
Large binder clips
Straight drinking straws
This lesson guide integrates a series of activities highlighting what must be done to overcome effects of gravity for Earth orbit.
• Locate the center of gravity of an object.
• Experiment with designs for a heavy lift vehicle.
Fighting Gravity Lesson
[96KB PDF file]
Lesson Activities and Sequence
The suggested sequence starts by introducing students to the concept of balance and then applies it to rocket launches.
Fluttering Fun, Point of Balance
Students study balance using an irregular shape and paperclips.
Keywords: gravity, balance, center of mass, center of gravity, weight
Students configure balloons to carry a load of paperclips to the ceiling.
Keywords: friction, gravity, inertia, energy, microgravity
Science as Inquiry
• Skills necessary to become independent inquirers about the natural world.
• Motions and forces.
• Transfer of energy.
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
• Science and technology in society.