Gravity

Gravity introduces students to the concept of gravitational force. Students will learn how to explain gravity and identify key figures in history who have contributed to the world’s knowledge about how gravity works.

The “Options for Lesson” section provides several suggestions as additional or alternative activities for the lesson. One option is to assign students different aspects about gravity to research and present to the class. You could also conduct an experiment with the students in which you drop different sized objects to test whether or not the gravitational pull of the earth does or does not change. Another suggestion is to discuss satellites and how they remain in space, along with other objects.

Category: Tags: ,

What our Gravity lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Gravity teaches students how to define and explain the concept of gravity. Students will discover how the earth’s gravitational force attracts objects toward its center. They will learn that this is how planets remain in orbit around the sun.

There are four content pages in this lesson. Students will first learn how to define gravity and related terms. The lesson describes how it works and then talks about significant figures such as Sir Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Students will learn how these two scientists impacted the world of science forever with their theories and discoveries.

They will also discover the concept of a black hole. They will learn that black holes have the strongest gravitational pull in the universe. Even light cannot escape.

WITH OR WITHOUT POSTER ACTIVITY

Depending on what you prefer, students can work by themselves, with a partner, or in a group for the activity. Students will create a poster that shows what the universe would be like both with and without gravity. They will include facts as well as drawings or images from other sources. They can use the two empty boxes on the worksheet to create a rough draft. You can provide students with poster boards for their final draft. You will grade the posters using the rubric at the bottom of the activity worksheet.

TRUE OR FALSE PRACTICE WORKSHEET

The practice worksheet splits into three sections. For the first section, students will read 10 statements and decide whether they are true (T) or false (F). For the second section, they will write the number of each false statement from the first section. Then they will rewrite the statements to make them true. The final section lists five questions for the students to answer.

GRAVITY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

For the homework assignment, students will first fill in the blanks on 10 statements. They will use the words in the word bank only once. Next, they will answer 10 who or what questions as they relate to gravity. For instance, their answer to “What happened in 1846?” should relate to the discovery of the planet Neptune, which proved Newton’s laws correct.

Additional information

grade-level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade

subject

Science

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, LB.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1.D, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.2, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3, LB.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.