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Lesson Plan- Introduction to Forces and Motion

Grade Level- 1

State Standards:

Position and Motion of Objects

Forms of Energy

Essential Question:

Lesson Question:

What is Force?

How and Why do objects move from place to place?


We all love recess! My favorite thing on the playground is the slide. I like to go on the tallest slide best. Why do you think I like to go on the tallest slide? Do you think some slides go faster than others?
I also love playing kickball. I try to kick as hard as possible when it is my turn. Do you know why?
What about riding bikes? Do you like to ride your bike on the grass or on the sidewalk? Why?
Today we will be learning about forces and motions. Not the kind of force like in Star Wars, but the forces the move and stop our world. There is always a type of force and energy acting on everything around us. Let's explore and learn more about "the forces" and energy that makes our world move.


Let's explore these forces around us! Watch how Donald uses the forces to accomplish his ideas. We use the forces everyday, so let's learn about them.

Donald Duck - Donalds Snow Fight (1942)


Task 2: Types of Force
There are many different types of forces. Check them out here.
Talk to your friends about what you know about the forces shown in the pictures.
What do you see happening in each picture.

Task 3: Potential and Kinetic Energy
Forces act on different kinds of energy. They can transform potential energy into kinetic energy.
Watch this video to see the ways we can do that.

Lesson Experiences:

Today we are going to have a special recess. We are going to explore the forces and the forms of energy that we are studying. Your job is to try to identify the types of forces that you are using and when they transform potential energy into kinetic energy. We will bring all kinds of materials outside. We will experiment with balls, ropes, rubber bands, paper, cars and our bodies. You will be working in groups so you can talk about your experiments. Then, you will decide the type of forces acting on the object and what type of energy you have observed. Be creative and don't forget to record your findings.

*Balls, rubber bands, paper, ropes, toy cars, and pencils and paper for recording your findings.
*A chart of the different types of forces to use as reference while exploring.


To finish our lesson about forces and motion, we will be playing a few games online. We will first play them together as a class and talk about what we have learned as we play. Then, you will play the games again alone or with a buddy.
fun with friction
Forces and Movement
Pushes and Pulls
Forces in Action


Show me what you have learned about forces and energy today. Draw a picture that shows the different kinds of forces and energy.
Label your drawing and write a sentence that explains what is happening. Don't forget to use the word bank to help you out.

Assessment Rubric

What I am looking for... 1 2 3
Creativity few illustrations many illustrations and labels many illustrations with details,labels and neat.
Knowledge few vocabulary vocabulary is organized in categories vocabulary is organized in categories,title and descriptions.
Presentations needs more effort shows effort and knowledge shows effort,knowledge and interacts with the audience.

Extended activity:
Watch the Donald Duck video again and try to identify the different types of forces, potential and kinetic energy.
Black Box Investigation
Record a video with examples of types of forces and energy.


Donald Duck - Donalds Snow Fight (1942)
Kinetic and Potential Energy


Forces and Motion

sid the science kid fun with friction
Forces and Movementl
Pushes and Pulls
Forces in Action