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Force Olympics    Mystery 1

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In this Mystery students discover that there are pushes & pulls involved in any kind of work, including the work done by machines.

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What`do`you`think:
how`long`would`it
take`to`dig`a`hole
for`a`pool?

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Activity Prep

Make sure students have enough space to move around as they dig like a digging machine. No other preparation needed.

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If you have more time, view the reading and extension activity in the optional extras.

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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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Read-aloud books

These picture books are all about pushes, pulls, and other work words.

Construction by Sally Sutton. With rhythmic text, basic vocabulary, and bright pictures, this book is great to read aloud. Can your students find the work words?

And Everyone Shouted, “Pull!” A First Look at Forces and Motion by Claire Llewellyn. A farmer and his animals figure out how pushes and pulls will help them get their goods to market. Also available as an online read aloud.

Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough: Duck’s truck gets stuck in some muck. Can he get unstuck with the help of a frog, a sheep in a jeep, and a goat in a boat?

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Videos

These excavators are just amazing to watch.

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messy room by Matt Grommes , used under CC BY-SA
1800s children by Lewis Hines , used under Public Domain
small house by Andrew Ballet , used under CC BY-SA
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