Monday, 16 September 2013

We Like to Move It, Move It!

Happy Tuesday Eve, bloggy friends!  Four more days of school til Spring break - yay!  And look at me, posting something that's not a linky. :)

In our Science work this term we've been thinking about how things move - objects, animals and people. Here's a peek at some of the activities we worked on!

Aren't lessons more fun when they are outside?  We took our Science scrapbooks and pencils to the undercover play area (no reason, just for a change of scenery!), along with a box of objects - things like a toy car, a block of wood, a ball, a teddy bear and a barrel shaped container.  We then put them to the test -  could they be moved by pushing, pulling, hitting or blowing?  My kidlets had lots of fun with this activity, they made predictions and were surprised by some of the results.  We recorded our findings, took turns and discussed what was happening each time.  Success!

Sorry Teddy, she's just so pushy!

No surprises when this huge block didn't move with breath power!

This toy didn't move after one kidlet blew on it, but everyone was convinced that it would move if a team combined their breath!  I didn't think it would, but let them try.  I had to eat my words when this group tipped it over! :)
We used hoops and toy animals to sort groups that moved in the same way - walk, fly or swim.  Later that week, everyone got a page of animal pictures to sort and glue into their scrapbooks.  I was expecting a replica of the sorting we had done together and to be honest had my mind on other things as they were busily cutting and arranging their animals.  Was I ever impressed when I scribed their group names and saw the amazing job they had done!

Run, walk, climb, slide, swim, fly, waddle, jump.

Cutest thing ever - the 'wiggle' group. :)

This clever cat figured out that a bluebottle didn't really fit into the 'swim' group, and wanted to know if it could be by itself in a group called 'float'.  You got it, buddy!
Objects, animals... next on our list was people.  We provided a heap of move-able equipment during outside Discovery Play time.  The favourite was scooter boards, closely followed by the 'caterpillars'.  Some of the boys spent ages creating a complex marble maze, getting their angles just right to create optimal marble rolling speed!

Caterpillar-ing along.

Scooting down the hill.

One of the Amazing Marble Mazes!

Well folks, that's all she wrote!  I hope this might have given you a few ideas if you've got this topic on your Science radar.  Have a wonderful week. :)



  1. How long is Spring Break? Is it one week long? Enjoy!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  2. love all these ideas!
    Have you ever used the Primary Connections books? I think there is a prep/grade 1 book called "On the Move" that is really good.

    1. Hi Liz,
      You're right, it is called 'On the Move' and we use parts of it for this unit. :)
      Thanks for stopping by!


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