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IMPORTANT NOTE: While you are walking with the students, be sure to notice at least five objects that are motionless. For example, a car in the parking lot, a swing that is hanging idle, a large ornamental boulder.
Step 2: Return to the classroom. Tell students that all the actions they observed were caused by a push or a pull or a combination of pushing and pulling. Instruct students to classify the actions they observed as a push or pull or a push/pull combination.
Step 3. Record some student observations on the board. Discuss those items as a class. For example, a secretary typing is pushing keys. A man mopping is pushing and pulling. A boy going down the slide is caused by gravity pulling the boy toward the center of the earth. This may be a good time to introduce the concept of gravity. (Standard IV, Objective 1)
Step 4. Mention the motionless things you observed on your walk. Ask the students why the objects were not moving. Develop the idea that objects at rest will not move unless a force is applied to them.
Step 5: Have students get into groups of four. Each group should have some magazines, glue, scissors, markers, and a large sheet of butcher paper. Have them divide the paper into four sections. Label the sections: PUSH, PULL, PUSH AND PULL, and REST. Have the students look through the magazines, catalogues, etc. and cut out different activities. Glue each activity under the correct section of the butcher paper. They should have at least three objects in each category.
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