Summary:

Students use playdough to show different kinds of forces

Science content (2016 curriculum):

Physics: Motion and Forces, Newtonâ€™s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)

Lessons activity is in:

Materials:

- playdough (see recipe)

Procedure:

Introduce students to the concept of force, if it hasn't been done already: a force is a push or a pull.

Hand out a ball of playdough each (about the size of a golf ball). Show students how to make it into a sausage.

Ask students to bend/twist/manipulate their sausage into a new shape, or simply move it along the desk. They should think of where their fingers apply force to make the new shape/move the play dough to a new position. Ask students to draw the new shape/position, and add arrows to their drawing where forces were applied.

Optional: introduce names for the things that forces can do to an object (push/pull/twist/bend/stretch/tear).

Gather group to show shapes and describe the forces used to make them.

Grades taught:

Gr 1

Gr 2

Teaching site:

Gordon Elementary