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Lesson Title: Gravity Games
 Unit: Physical Science - Gravity Grade Levels: 4-6 Connection To Curriculum: Science and Mathematics Teacher Prep Time: 1.5 hours Lesson Time Needed: 9 hours Complexity Moderate Keywords: friction, gravity, inertia, energy, microgravity, marble, toy, motion, sports, games, center of mass, center of gravity Materials: Marbles Stopwatches Multiple half pieces of copper pipe insulation (gray, spongy) each 6 ft long Masking tape Meterstick CDs ½-in.-diameter PVC segments ¾ in. long Round balloons One-hole #2 rubber stoppers Hot glue guns and glue Cardboard String Metal washers Paper punch Short dowels Swivel chair Two hand weights (2 to 3 lb) Cellophane tape Cardstock boomerangs Assorted toys, matching toys in space video clips

Description
This lesson guide integrates a series of activities designed to demonstrate gravity's role in recreation.

Objectives
Students will:
• Demonstrate the use of gravity as an energy source for motion.
• Identify aspects of gravity involved in various common games.
• Develop modifications to overcome the effect of microgravity on toys.

Lesson Guide
Gravity Games Lesson
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Lesson Activities and Sequence The suggested sequence starts by introducing the need for gravity in recreation and progresses to studying different aspects of gravity's effects and modifying tasks to account for microgravity.

1. Marble Run
Students use marbles and flexible pipe insulation to create roller-coaster style tracks.
Keywords: gravity, marble, toy, inertia, motion
2. Spaced Out Sports
Students perform a series of activities to explore aspects of gravity's effect on games. The first four activities are relevant to this lesson.
Keywords: gravity, sports, games, center of mass, center of gravity
3. Toys In Space
Students explore the effects of microgravity on toys and create modifications to them during a videoconference event.
Keywords: gravity, inertia, weight, mass, period, periodic motion
National Science Education Standards, NSTA
Science as Inquiry
• Skills necessary to become independent inquirers about the natural world.
Physical Science
• Motions and Forces.
• Transfer of energy.
Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
• Science and technology in society.

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, NCTM
Number and Operations
• Perform operations with multi-digit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths.
Measurement and Data
• Represent and interpret data.
Expressions and Equations
• Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.

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