Kindergarten Unit 2 Curricular Resource

Unit 2: Forces and Interactions                                                                      12 weeks 

In this unit, students will explore how objects move and interact.  They will investigate different strengths and directions of pushes and pulls.  Investigations allow students to make sense of how pushing or pulling an object can change the speed or direction of its motion, and can start or stop the motion of an object.  Students will begin to recognize factors, such as size, weight, and shape, which will affect an object’s motions.  Students may also observe that different types of surfaces can affect the object’s motion, as well.  However, the formal understanding of friction is not expected at this level.

Students will also investigate what happens to objects when they collide or connect with one another. 
They will explore the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object, and will apply this understanding to design solutions to problems that involve changing the speed or direction of an object using a push or pull.   


Background Knowledge Videos: 
These videos were created by Paul Anderson, Bozeman Science, to assist teachers with the background knowledge involved in the Disciplinary Core Ideas of the standards.

PS2A Forces and Motion       PS2B Types of Interactions        PS3C Energy and Forces

 Essential Questions:

What causes an object
to move?

What happens if you push or pull an object with different amounts of force?
Unit 2 Planning Options

This document was created as a by-product of a group of teachers and facilitators working through the unit planning process.
It provides clarification with the unit standards and options for instructional planning of the 12 week unit in your classroom.

Resources include Discovery Education Science Techbook as well as additional lessons, activities, experiences, and assessments.

In addition to the Discovery Education Science Techbook, the resources and lessons below are available for use during this unit of study. 
     Using a KLEWS Chart      KLEWS Chart    Example KLEWS Chart   
KLEWS Chart-SMART notebook

Science Writing Sentence Frames and Words

Scientific Explanation Student Recording Pages: 
Claim & Evidence  Word   PDF
Claim & Evidence with Handwriting Lines  Word   PDF
Claim, Evidence, Reasoning Poster


Additional Lessons and Instructional Resources
   Unit Vocabulary
Vocabulary Word Cards for... 
Newton and Me
Everyone Shouted Pull
The Seesaw

Unit Assessments 

Push, Push, Pull Assessment

Push/Pull Sorting Assessment 

Video Resources 

Brain Pop: Push and Pull

Sid the Science Kid:  
Super Kick 

Monthly Weather Observations
PDF    Word

Lessons and Activities 

Pushing Cars & Hitting the Target  
from Springdale Public Schools  
(Make a copy and save to your drive or download as a word doc)

Simple Investigations with pushes and pulls

Newton and Me   
Book in PPT/PDF   Push Pictures  SMART Notebook 

Pushing with Air: Cotton Ball

The Enormous Turnip
   (book in PowerPoint)

Everyone Shouted Pull!
Book Read Aloud  SMART Notebook

Push, Push, Pull on the Farm
Reader in PDF  PPT  Lesson Plan

How Many Breaths?

Hauling Loads - Tub Transporter 
from Springdale Public Schools 
(3rd grade lesson that can be modified for Kindergarten)

The Seesaw  
Book in PPT/PDF   5E Lesson Plan  
Seesaw Elaborate Options - Student Pages   
SMART Notebook
Student Page   
Seesaw Images  PDF  PPT
Seesaw Evaluate Page
 s STEM Challenges:

Getting Max Home Challenge  
ELA Unit 3 Text Connection: Where the Wild Things Are

Roller Coaster Challenges:  
Rolling and Bowling PDF  PPT     Student page   SMART Notebook                                    recording of Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee

Sled Challenge:  
SMART Notebook