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Sports activity stations will help the student observe and understand that the greater the force applied to an object, the greater the change in speed or direction of the object.
This activity will be done after all other teaching of 3rd Grade Science Standard III has been taught. Students will already understand push and pull. They will understand that force affects speed and direction.
1. Use Science Process and Thinking Skills
2. Manifest Scientific Attitudes and Interests
3. Understand Science Concepts and Principles
4. Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning.
Invitation to Learn
Set a soccer ball on the floor and stare at it. When someone asks you what you are doing, tell them that you are playing soccer. If no one asks, wait until someone says anything at all and say, Shhhh, I'm doing something. Then they'll ask what you're doing. Of course they will make some sort of argument. Launch into a discussion about what else you would need to do to play soccer.
Lewis, V. K., & Shaha, S. H. (2003). Maximizing learning and attitudinal gains through integrated curricula. Education. 123, 537-547.
Three studies were done comparing integrated curriculum versus single subject curriculum. It was shown that integrated curriculum was significantly better for learning and student attitude. Students were engaged, cared about the lesson subjects, and were able to retain learning better. Three different subjects were used during the study.
Fitton, N. (2004, August). Physics on the playground. Instructor Magazine, August, 58-61.
This article shows how to integrate physics with physical education. Subjects include gravity, momentum, friction, force, etc. Short activities are listed.