Monday, October 8, 2012

We Have the Force!

Can you believe that it is already October?? How did that happen? I am loving it! Well, until today when it was only 50 degrees and I couldn't find any pants or tights because I woke up late.  At least it is supposed to be a tad warmer tomorrow.

Two great things about the Fall...Football & Pretty Scarves!

Ok, on to teachery things....and to a mini-giveaway!

You guys know how I LOVE teaching Content!  With all the changes this year, honestly it's a lot harder.  Especially in science, since we no longer get the FOSS Science Kits.  What am I going to do without owl pellets when I teach Human Body? 

 Oh ok, back to the point.  

We just finished our first science unit on Force & Motion.  Can I just say that I was Scared to death! I am not a very "mechanical" thinker.  So, I kind of had to teach myself.  Luckily I got over my fear and I caught myself up.  (You know so I could teach the content to 8 year olds...) 

We had so much fun.  Our county did give us a few ideas to teach the concepts of force, motion, speed.  All you need are paper towel tubes, tape and marbles.  The students built a "roller coaster" for their marble.  

On the first day, the students were given the task of creating a roller coaster for their marble.  I didn't give them any restrictions, examples, etc.  There groups created a hypothesis, mostly things like "We think the higher the ramp, the farther the marble will go", etc. 

Here are some pictures from all the fun we had.

They cracked me up with taping it to the chair. 

They were proud of their unique shape.  It was kind of like a gutter.

The used props to raise their ramp.

This was our biggest ramp. 

They had such a great time! When they recorded their findings in their journal, they brought up ideas of inertia, speed, acceleration, etc! It was great!  

Over the next week, the students were given different tasks with their roller coasters.  Such as, adjusting their ramp so the marble would stop after a foot and using the ramp on carpet and tile to explore friction.

Can you believe I didn't take more pictures?  

We are integrating all of our content units into reading, so I created a set of foldables to accompany our reading!  You guys know my love for foldables! Of course, the foldables can be turned into a complete lapbook too!

You can check  it out at my TPT Store or TN Store if you're interested!

I also used Nicole Shelby's awesome "May the Force Be With You" Unit.  It is awesome guys!

Two last things, here are two fun videos I found on Youtube to use during my unit!

The Force Physics Song-Newton’s Laws on Youtube (best for older students) 

Oh, and as always, Leave a comment below telling me, well anything, and I'll choose two people to recieve the "Force Is With Us" Lapbook & Foldables! :) Don't forget your email. 


  1. Love the videos, Amber ;)

  2. Very cool! You have awesome lapbooks!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

  3. I ♥ October! :)

  4. What? No FOSS kits?! I agree, what would I do without all the plastic cups! (Ha.) I like the roller coaster idea. Our next science unit is force and motion, so I am definitely pinning this, so I can use it when I need a break from FOSS.


  5. I LOVE this and already added it to my wish list! Our next science unit is forces and motion and we use connect pieces to make "vehicles" and experiment with friction, load, energy, etc. Teaching Newton's Laws to 4th graders is quite a challenge and this would be a huge help to present the information in a different way!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  6. No more FOSS kits? That complicates your life, I'm sure! But you are super creative, and your science materials look so great!

    Third Grade in the First State

  7. This is great! This only my second year in third grade so I'm always looking for new science resources! :) I bet the kids loved it.

  8. We are beginning Force and Motion soon. Love the lapbook.

  9. Your lap book looks awesome!!

    Hooty's Homeroom
    hootyshomeroom at gmail dot com

  10. We have the FOSS kit for Balance & Motion. I love your ideas and will go check out your lap book (& Nicole's unit) on TpT. Fingers crossed I win it, though :)
    Stories by Storie

  11. Love, love it all! I'm still teaching this unit and am sooo thankful for these great ideas!


  12. Awesome post! Your kids are so lucky to have you for a teacher. Fun!

    The REAL Teachers of Orange County

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  14. my email is

    1. Love it!!! I just started my simple machine unit. This unit would be perfect!!

      I forgot my email.

  15. Super cute! I would love to do this with my class!

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  17. THere are days I would like to pitch our FOSS kits, too! Those being the ones where I have to cut 92 billion pieces of string to three different lengths for each child and cut aluminum foil into squares measuring 25cm per side. When do I have time to do all this I ask?

    Updated to include my email. Obviously thinking of FOSS got me so stressed I forgot the first time!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  18. Love it! Teaching force and motion this week!

  19. I just taught force, motion, and energy to my class (future teachers) last night. I can't wait to send this on to them as a great example of getting kids engaged in the topic. Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. I needed this post last year, when we were making ramps! We had tons of fun...we even had a ramp attached to a standing lamp:-)

    Chickadee Jubilee

  21. how fun!! But...I'm still stuck on the fact that you get to wear

  22. Hi there, I cant find the unit on the tpt store?? Please help!!!

    1. my email is please send me the link!!!

  23. Hi there! I would LOVE the Star Wars unit on Force, but I don't see it in the TPT store. Is there anyway we can still purchase it if you have it? My students would love would I! LOL

    My email is

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