Cars teach Laws of Motion at Dutch Broadway
How can we get a car to move? How can we get it to move faster? And how can we get it to slow down or stop? These were questions asked of Dutch Broadway School kindergartners in Christen Schade’s class.
First, the students learned about the scientific method, to gather information, make a hypothesis, perform the experiment, analyze the results, and write and present a conclusion. They were then teamed up into groups and had to choose a role of engineer, recorder or tracker. Each group was given a toy jeep, a plank of wood, blocks, books and cups to conduct their car experiments. After each experiment, students analyzed the results, wrote about their findings and shared with the class. They learned that motion is the act of something moving. Students watched interactive videos on Science A-Z about push and pull, and force, mass and acceleration. They also utilized that information to guide their next experiment.
When students were sharing their findings about how to get a car to move faster, Mrs. Schade found they needed the word “angle” to be able to express their conclusions. After some review, students were able to share that a car is at rest when there is “no angle,” a car moves slow with a “small angle” and a car moves really fast with a “large angle.”
Students were so excited about their findings that Mrs. Schade introduced them to Isaac Newton and shared some of his Laws of Motion. Next, students were introduced to friction and had to use felt and sand paper to figure out how to get their car to slow down. After that, they learned how to use a ruler to measure to the nearest inch of the height of the blocks used to prop up one side of the ramp. After each experiment, students wrote about what they learned and illustrated their experiment. The students were absolutely ecstatic to show off what they learned when their family members visited their class on March 28. Everyone had a wonderful time!
Photo Captions: Dutch Broadway School kindergartner Michael Cornick looked on as Lianna Raime (center) measured the height of the team’s wooden plank. Samantha Ortiz is also pictured.
- Dutch Broadway School kindergartners Cameron Khan (left) and Ava Brown added felt to their wooden plank to slow down their car’s movement.
3. Dutch Broadway School kindergartners (from left, clockwise): Kennedy Whaley, Allison Roble Bolanos, Ornella Leo and Theodore Brew worked together to start and stop their car.