Curriculum

How Can We Predict Patterns of Motion?

How Can We Predict Patterns of Motion?

How Can We Predict Patterns of Motion? is part of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, a brand-new curriculum series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is aligned to a group of grade 3 standards. It has a focus on physical science with a secondary focus on engineering. In this module, students:

  • Ask questions about what causes objects to move
  • Predict patterns of motion of a pendulum
  • Investigate forces that can act at a distance
  • Investigate the properties of permanent magnets and electromagnets
  • Design a solution to a problem that can be solved using a magnet
  • Ask questions about and investigate how magnets affect a steel pendulum’s motion

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module.

Lesson 1: Playground Science

The Playground
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This video allows students to observe the motion of playground equipment in use.

Lesson 2: Play Ball!

Drawing Force Diagrams
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This file provides general directions for creating force diagrams. 

Lesson 3: Tug-of-War

Tug-of-War
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This video shows a short tug-of-war game.

Tug-of-War Board
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This is an image of the tug-of-war board that students will create and use.

Tug-of-War Card
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This is a sample Tug-of-War card for the investigation

Lesson 4: Around and Around, Back and Forth

Patterns of Motion
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This video shows  examples of back-and-forth and circular patterns of motion.

Lesson 5: Pendulum Swings

Pushing a Swing
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This video shows an adult pushing a child on a tire swing.

Lesson 6: Tick Tock

Pendulum Clock
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This video shows the repeating pattern of motion of a clock's pendulum. 

Lesson 9: Magnet vs. Magnet

Crazy Compass
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This video shows a compass needle spinning around.

Magnetic Force Strength Test
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The photos in this file illustrate how students will test magnet strength at distance.

Lesson 11: Trash Matters

Junkyard Magnet
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This video shows a magnetic trash-sorting device in use.

Lesson 13: The Dynamic Duo Swing Ride Part 1

Dynamic Duo Swing Investigation
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This file provides the basis for the two possible investgation paths.

Lesson 14: The Dynamic Duo Swing Ride Part 2

Comic Strip Template
https://earthoptimism.si.edu/comic This website provides a template for creating comic strip books. Scroll down to the bottom of the site to access the template.

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