It’s a wrap on our latest science unit, Balance and Motion. Our investigations had us observing and comparing how objects balance, spin, and roll. The processes of observing, communicating, and comparing are important thinking processes the children learned throughout this unit.
In our first investigation the children were faced with the challenge of balancing a shape (crayfish) in many different ways. Progressing from there it was an arch and triangle followed by the climatic pencil trick and mobile. Was it frustrating? Yes. Rewarding? Yes. No one gave up and there is no crying in science.
Next it was onto spinners, tops, zoomers, and twirlers with the task of keeping things in motion.
For our finale it was rollers, wheels and marbles and how weight and balance play an important part in keeping things traveling straight and fast.