Force & Motion Incursion (Levels 3 & 4)

Theme: Science – Physical Sciences
Level: 3 & 4

Students will investigate how forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance. This topic encourages students to predict, test, collect data and discuss results.

Activities

  • Discuss the relationship between force and motion.
  • Use a spring scale to measure and record forces when moving a weight in different ways.
  • Explore the effect of friction using different surfaces.
  • Investigate the forces of attraction and repulsion between magnets.
  • Discover ways to move a floating boat using contact and noncontact forces.
  • Use observation to work out how an object moves up and down in a bottle of water.
  • Explore air resistance of different shaped papers. Design a take-home rocket to investigate air resistance and gravity.

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Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

Science

  • Forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance (VCSSU064)
  • Science knowledge helps people to understand the effects of their actions (VCSSU056)
  • With guidance, identify questions in familiar contexts that can be investigated scientifically and predict what might happen based on prior knowledge (VCSIS065)
  • Suggest ways to plan and conduct investigations to find answers to questions including consideration of the elements of fair tests (VCSIS066)
  • Safely use appropriate materials, tools, equipment and technologies (VCSIS067)
  • Use formal measurements in the collection and recording of observations (VCSIS068)
  • Use a range of methods including tables and column graphs to represent data and to identify patterns and trends (VCSIS069)
  • Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings (VCSIS070)
  • Reflect on an investigation, including whether a test was fair or not (VCSIS071)
  • Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings to show patterns and relationships using formal and informal scientific language (VCSIS072)

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“The presenter’s teaching background assisted with the behaviour management of the class.” Murrumbeena Primary School

“The students really enjoyed the incursion. It was very closely related to what we were learning in class and the students were engaged throughout the session.” Preston Primary School

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