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Force Olympics

Forces, Machines, & Engineering

Kindergarten, 1st Grade

NGSS Standards covered: K-2-ETS1-3 , K-PS2-2 , K-2-ETS1-1 , K-2-ETS1-2 , K-PS2-1
This unit helps students develop their first concept of “force,” and the idea that by playing with forces and thinking about them, we can accomplish surprisingly big things. Less
  1. Lessons
  2. Activity Prep
  3. Assessments

Mystery 1: Pushes, Pulls, & “Work Words"

Exploration (15 min)
Activity: Be a Digging Machine (15 min)
Extras (1.5 hrs)

Read-Along Mystery 2: Pushes, Pulls, & “Work Words”

book Book: Big Machines at Work (25 min)
Optional Activity: Forces at Work (20 min)
Extras (45 min)

Mystery 3: Strength & Direction of Force

Exploration (10 min)
Activity: Don't Crush That House (20 min)
Extras (45 min)

Read-Along Mystery 4: Strength & Direction of Force

book Book: How to Win at Bumper Bowling (25 min)
Optional Activity: Human Bumper Bowling (20 min)
Extras (15 min)

Mystery 5: Forces & Engineering

Exploration (25 min)
Activity: Boulder Bounce (20 min)
Extras (2 hrs)

Read-Along Mystery 6: Forces & Engineering

book Book: The Monster Trap (20 min)
Optional Activity: Be an Inventor (25 min)
Extras (2.3 hrs)