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Support an argument that the gravitational force exerted by Earth on objects is directed down.

 
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Weight, Mass, & Gravity

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will explore why an astronaut can jump higher on the Moon than on Earth by researching weight, mass, and gravity.

 
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students working
   

Day 1: Roller Coaster Research

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will prepare to construct a marble roller coaster by completing background research on roller coasters.

 
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studnet researching
   

Day 1: Parachute Project Introduction

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will use the Engineering Method to generate multiple parachute plans on paper that will safely transport a washer to a targeted area on the ground.

 
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parachute supplies
   

Types of Forces

5th Grade Science » Unit: Motion, Forces and Interactions
5th Grade Science » Unit: Motion, Forces and Interactions
Jennifer Sallas
Boynton Beach, FL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students create a foldable defining the common forces of buoyancy, gravity, magnetism, friction, applied force, and air resistance, and do an activity to experience each force first hand.

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forces foldable cover
   

The Sun, Earth, and Moon Relationship

5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
5th Grade Science » Unit: Out Of This World- A Journey Through Our Solar System
Carrie Boyden
Fitchburg, MA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students will create a model illustrating the movement of the Earth and Moon in relation to the Sun.

 
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creating a
   

Day 2: Roller Coaster Engineering Challenge

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will learn about the Roller Coaster Engineering Challenge, such as the constraints and criteria for success. Students will also begin building supports for their marble roller coaster model.

 
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student making a support
   

The Weight of a Can of Soda Day 1

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will be exploring how the gravitational pull of various celestial bodies in the Solar System can change the weight of a can of soda.

 
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students weighing cans
   

Measuring the Weight & Mass of Pennies

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will be measuring the weight and mass of pennies using a spring scale and a balance scale. Then, students will graph their findings and record observations.

 
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weighing pennies
   
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will use the Scientific Method to test the rates at which a tennis ball and a plastic ball fall to Earth.

 
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studnet with balls
   

Planning an Investigation

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will following the Scientific Method steps to investigate which will fall to the floor at a faster rate: a piece of paper or the same piece of paper crumpled into a ball.

 
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dropping paper
   

Day 2: Engineering Parachutes

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will construct and test a parachute prototype that will safely transport a washer to a targeted area on the ground.

 
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comparing parachute designs
   

The Weight of a Can of Soda Day 2

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will construct a bar graph to display the weight of a can of soda throughout the solar system. Students will also complete further reading research on weight, mass, and gravity.

 
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weight mass text
   

Day 7: Roller Coaster Funnels & Half-Pipes

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will learn how to construct funnels and half-pipes. Then, students will experiment with different ways to successfully attach their tracks, funnels, and half-pipes in their roller coaster prototypes.

 
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testing roller coasters
   

Day 6: Building Up!

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students will begin placing roller coaster tracks on their support structure and will participate in a design review with their teams to gather feedback.

 
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roller coaster example
   

Day 4: Completing the Roller Coaster Support System

5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
5th Grade Science » Unit: Gravity
Kara Nelson
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

In this lesson, students continue working on their roller coaster support systems. Also, I introduce a variety of paper roller coaster components so that students can construct a design of their roller coaster on paper.

 
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