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Science - 3rd Grade
Standard 4 Objective 2
Students create their own parachutes to understand the concept of gravity and the effect it has on objects.
The Dragon Kite, by Nancy Lueen; ISBN-10:0152241973
Wilbur and Orville Wright: The Flight to Adventure, by Louis Sabin; Publisher; Mahwah, New Jersey: Troll Associates, 1983
We have demonstrated that gravity is an extremely strong force with the use of muscles to fight gravity and dropping the rock and other items into the sand box. There are ways that the effect of that force can temporarily be reduced. Jets and prop-planes do make it into the atmosphere. Bubbles, seeds, pollen, dust and people can float for short periods of time.
1. Science process and thinking skills.
3. Understand science concepts and principles
Invitation to Learn
The parachutes are simple to make and demonstrate the effect of gravity (pull) against the push of air. This exercise is extended by the use of a small fan which will increase the push or force of the air.
Curriculum Extensions/Adaptations/ Integration
Bulloch, K. L. (2004). The Mystery of Modifying: Creative Solutions. Education Service Center
We need to modify instruction to suit different children and their differing learning styles. This article is how to... It lists the learning difficulty and provides suggestions of what to do before the lesson and during the lesson. There are many, many suggestions offered. If one does not work there are others to try.