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How can you knock down a wall made of concrete?

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How`would`you`knock
down`a`concrete
wall?

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How`can`you`make`a
wrecking`ball`hit
harder?`And`not`as
hard?

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Activity Prep

Step 1: Decide how many game stations you will need.

Your students will play the Wrecking Ball game in groups, taking turns. We suggest 4 to 6 students per game station. Decide how many students you’ll have in a group.

Step 2: Get supplies

You need the supplies listed below for one game station. Multiply them by the number of game stations you need:

  • printout of Game Station pieces
  • one 8-½ x 11 sheet of paper (from the recycling bin if you like)
  • Yardstick or meterstick
  • Ribbon, yarn, or string (48” or 1 ¼ meters long)
  • 2 large binder clips (1 ¼ “ wide)
  • a wastebasket, chair, or box to serve as a support
  • 3 Solo or paper cups (we use 9 oz cups. If you use larger cups, you will need to move the houses farther from the wall.)

To set up the game stations, you will need a small piece of transparent tape for the wrecking ball and masking tape to tape down the game board and set up the wrecking ball.

Step 3: Prepare Game Stations before class

Before class, get all the Game Station pieces ready for your students. Follow the directions below or watch this video on how we put the stations together here at Mystery Science.

  1. Cut out and fold the Foldable Houses page. (If you are making multiple stations, you can use a paper cutter.)
  2. Fold the Foldable Wrecking Ball and tie it to the end of the ribbon, following the instructions printed on the sheet. Use transparent tape to keep the Wrecking Ball from unfolding.
  3. You are going to use masking tape to attach the yardstick to your support. To see how, watch this short video. For easier taping, clip the stick to the support first. Make sure the stick is at a 45º angle. Tape at two points — high & low.
  4. wreckingball

  5. Adjust length of ribbon so that the wrecking ball will hit the top of the cups as it swings.Clip the ribbon in place with binder clip.
  6. Tape Game Board to floor, like this. (Match A with A and B with B.)

gameboard

Your students will set up the cups and houses when they are ready to play. gameboard

Beginning Activity: Don't Crush That House
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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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Readings for beginning readers:

These Common-Core-aligned readings provide examples of pushes and pulls that make things move. All include comprehension questions and are free with registration on ReadWorks.

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Videos

You need a big push to knock down a building.

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Berlin by argentum , used under Public Domain
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