Objects do not move on their own.
Design a solution to a problem using structures that cause movement by pulling or pushing the object.
Soccer equipment cannot move to the field on its own.
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Identify the problem of needing a structure to move soccer equipment to the field.
Criteria 1: Equipment must be moved in one trip.
Criteria 2: One person must move all the materials.
Constraints: Use materials in the trunk of the parent’s car.
My partner says _____.Listen to several students share ideas from their partners.
Some students might suggest driving the car onto the field. Tell them this could not be done as there were buildings in the way, and we can’t drive on the grass. Listen to sufficient ideas to help all students realize there is more than one way to move the materials to the field.
Use patterns of movement to design a solution for transporting soccer equipment to the soccer field.
Communicate a solution to the problem of moving equipment to the field identifying the structure to push or pull.
Compare pictures (solutions) to determine the easiest structure to push or pull the equipment to the field.
Listen for the use of push and pull as well as logical cause and effect statements. If students do not use the academic language in the descriptions, continue the choice centers with the cards started in Lesson 1: Exploration Box.
It would be appropriate to have students interact with text to extend their understanding of pulls. These selections can be read aloud at any time after this lesson because students have experienced pushes and pulls. Suggested books include:
Brett, J. (2015). The Turnip. New York: Putnam Juvenile.
Casas, D. D., & Gentry, M. (2010). The Gigantic Sweet Potato. Gretna, LA: Pelican Publishing Company.
Davis, A., & Petričić, D. (2018). The Enormous Potato. Winnipeg, MB: National Network for Equitable Library Service.
Hester, D. L., & Urbanovic, J. (2015). Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’ Turnip. New York, NY: Albert Whitman Prairie Books.
Llewellyn, C., & Abel, S. (2005). And Everyone Shouted, “Pull!”: A first look at forces and motion. Minneapolis, MN: Picture Window Books.
Peck, J., & Root, B. (1998). The Giant Carrot. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
Stihler, C. B., & Trammell, J. (2003). The Giant Cabbage: An Alaska folktale. Seattle, WA: Sasquatch Books.
Tolstoy, A. N., & Sharkey, N. (2019). The Gigantic Turnip. Cambridge, MA: Barefoot Books.