Activities B1 to B4 make up Science in Motion: Colossal Collisions. Start with the activity below to help your students learn language and concepts related to movement.
This first activity sets the scene for the concepts and language in Colossal Collisions. Accept students’ first descriptions and vocabulary, but also model the words scientists use. This way, a common understanding of terminology develops as well as how to express these ideas in a representation – in this case, a graph.
A visual word bank on the wall can be of great value in making vocabulary available for all the class.
The Colossal Collisions set of activities builds toward a summative writing task where students draw their learning together and use it as evidence to explain a decision they make.
Discussion using the Science Capability questions around the meaning, strengths and weaknesses of the representation are important in developing a critical understanding of what representations have to offer and how scientists communicate their work.
As outlined above this unit provides opportunities to develop student’s vocabulary.
These ideas around describing motion fit well with the DT Curriculum where students could be introduced to programming. This could de either without devices (unplugged), in Scratch, or by using Spheros, B Bots or other programmable bots. The task might be to design an obstacle course for each other involving stopping, accelerating, going at constant speed, or decelerating. If doing it unplugged, symbols can represent the movement. Working in groups of three, students could take turns in the following roles:
This lesson focuses on using a graph as a representation of movement. It fits well with the Statistics Strand where from Level 2 onwards there is a focus on displaying and categorising data.
Communicating in Science - extending vocabulary, using and understanding graphs.
Physical World, Achievement objective: explore, describe and represent patterns and trends for everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as movement, forces etc.
Movement is the action of an object changing location or position.
The students can…