Primary Connections Unit - Aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Science
Why do balls roll? Why do apples fall from trees? Why do some things slide across ice but not on carpet? What makes our bikes stop when we brake? We use all types of forces including friction, gravity and pushes and pulls when we exercise, ride bicycles and drive cars. Engineers and scientists use their knowledge of forces and motion to design things for our homes, work and school.
The Smooth moves unit is an ideal way to link science with literacy in the classroom. It provides students with the opportunity to explore forces and motion. Through hands-on activities students identify forces that act at a distance and those that act in direct contact and investigate how different-sized forces affect the movement of objects.
It is recommended that the Push pull unit is taught before the Smooth moves unit to provide students with learning opportunities that introduce and explain concepts about forces and motion which are used in the Smooth moves unit.
A digital version of this unit is available free for educational, non-commercial use by Australian educators through the NDLRN/Scootle or your local jurisdictional portal.
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