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Grade K. In 5 lessons spanning 13 class sessions, the Building Blocks of Science® unit Push, Pull, Go explores motion and the forces that make things move. Building Blocks of Science® lessons are structured in 30-minute class sessions, making it easy to fit science into your day. The Push, Pull, Go Unit Kit includes a Teacher’s Guide (item #513902A) and enough supplies and apparatus to teach the unit to a class of up to 24 students. All materials are reusable.
Grade K. In 5 lessons spanning 13 class sessions, the Building Blocks of Science® unit Push, Pull, Go explores motion and the forces that make things move. Students build toys that move and investigate the forces that move them. Student-constructed toys are utilized to explore systems, how parts of a system interact, and how missing parts change a system. Students track the path of a moving ball and measure distance traveled with nonstandard measurement. Lessons link the invisible force of gravity to moving objects.
Building Blocks of Science® lessons are structured in 30-minute class sessions, making it easy to fit science into your day. The Push, Pull, Go Unit Kit includes a Teacher’s Guide (item #513902A) and enough supplies and apparatus to teach the unit to a class of up to 24 students. All materials are reusable.
Next Generation Science Standards®
The Building Blocks of Science® unit Push, Pull, Go, 2nd Edition, integrates process skills as defined by the Next Generation Science Standards®.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
Science and Engineering Practices
This unit offers several ways to assess students, including a pre- and a post-unit assessment opportunity. Teachers can also use class discussions and charts to assess each lesson. Student Activity Sheets and Science notebook entries—including drawings, writings, and dictated statements—can be used to gauge individual understanding of objectives and key vocabulary throughout the unit. The Assessment Observation Sheets supplied with each lesson help teachers document and measure students’ progress and knowledge using informal assessment. A general rubric is provided to help teachers evaluate individual students at any point in the unit. The rubric provides a progression of skills and understanding that covers exploration, vocabulary, concept building, and notebook entries. Finally, a summative assessment gives teachers the opportunity to evaluate students’ understanding of the science concepts explored during the unit.
Lesson 1: Push, Pull, Roll
In Lesson 1, students explore force and motion using student-built toys made with Kid K’NEX® building pieces. Students observe the motion and path of a ball rolling down a ramp and record the distance using nonstandard measurement. Students complete three Student Activity Sheets during this lesson. Student Activity Sheet 1A: Sort and Count helps familiarize students with the building pieces. Student Activity Sheet 1B: What I Built allows students to document what they create, and Student Activity Sheet 1C: How Far? helps students record data as they explore measuring distance.
Lesson 2: Push, Pull, Swing
In Lesson 2, students build a toy swing set that moves, and use it to explore patterns of movement related to force. Student Activity Sheet 2: Push, Pull, Swing helps students describe the swing set and its motion.
Lesson 3: Push, Pull, Tumble
Students use dominos in Lesson 3 to explore the result of force transferred from one object to another. Student Activity Sheet 3: Dominos and a Push provides students with another opportunity to describe their setup and the motion of the system they build.
Lesson 4: Push, Pull, Spin
In Lesson 4, students explore force further as they build a toy top that spins and use the top to investigate spinning motion. Student Activity Sheet 4: Spinning Tops helps students record their ideas about the motion of spinning and how the top moves.
Lesson 5: Push, Pull, Invent
In Lesson 5, students have access to all the materials used in previous lessons to construct a model (an invention, Rube Goldberg-style) that is set in motion with a push or a pull. Students complete Student Activity Sheet 5A: My Invention, which documents the order of the steps they followed to design and build their invention. Student Activity Sheet 5B: Forces and Motion allows students to link a specific motion with one of the objects that they built during the unit. Both sheets are helpful assessment tools in this concluding lesson.
|Unit Technology Pack (includes digital access to teacher’s guide and digital student access to big book)||1||Included|
|Push, Pull, Go Big Book||1||Included|
|Kid K’NEX® Building Set||1||Included|
|Ball, Foam, Assorted Colors||12||Included|
|Pail, Plastic, White, 1 qt||12||Included|
|Cube, Unifix®, Blue||150||Included|
|Cube, Unifix®, Red||150||Included|