Hearts Action Science: Enjoy A Valentine Folktale, Then Apply It to Push/Pull, Incline and Gravity!

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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  A  little bit of art, math, literature and a whole lot of science!
First, children enjoy a fun folktale about Valentines Day!  Next up is physics! Students use their paper heart to explore push/pull, gravity
and incline. We 'predict' your students will love this Hands-On program!
     Students will need a pencil, paperclip, string, and a paper heart . We will mail you the string and heart pattern.

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About This Program


By Request: $140.00
By Request Premium: $130.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2 Homeschoolers Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Sciences, Special Education, Literacy, Writing, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented, Special Needs

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No charge due to weather related cancellations.

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Author Valerie Marsh

Johns Island, SC
United States

     Valerie is the author of 13 storytelling books, a writing teacher, and storyteller. Her books include Paper Cutting Stories A to Z, A Treasury of Trickster Tales, Mystery-Fold: Stories to Tell Draw, and Fold, and Story Puzzles: Tales in the Tangram Tradition. Other books include Puppet Tales, and Heroes & Heroines.
     Valerie uses unique ways to tell tales for all ages including "Paper-Cutting" (fold and cut), "Mystery-Fold" (draw and fold), "Story Puzzles" (creating tangram figures), and Sign Language, She offers workshops for students, and professional development for teachers. Her story methods are easy, involve audience participation and get kids excited about writing! No matter which program you request, Valerie tailors her program to your class! Easy and fun!
      Miss Liz Science Wiz joins Valerie for the Action Science programs. Miss Liz uses puppets and physical actions to anchor basic scientific facts presented in our programs. Miss Liz will have your students acting out all kinds of physical and life science concepts!

Please note: All of our programs are for learners in school or at home, or both!

Author Valerie Marsh
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Program Details


1. Author Valerie Marsh will begin this program with a quick review of the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Then she will tell an original fiction story about hearts.
2. Children will retell the story with Valerie and create their own paper hearts. Students will need a pencil, square piece of red paper and a pair of scissors. Having the paper pre-folded and the pattern already traced for your students might be very helpful.
3. Puppets Peepers and Dr. Einstein along with Miss Liz, Science Wiz, will present the topics of force, gravity and the motions of push and pull.
4. Students make predictions regarding what will happen to their paper hearts as they apply force.
5. Students experiment with push and pull forces as they make their heart glide across
their desk.. Students will vary the amount of force that they use.
6. Miss Lizl guides the students in using the string as a incline for the heart. With this activity, students will observe Newton's 1st Law of Motion. An object at rest will remain at rest, and an object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by another force.
7. Next the students use the string again as a heart 'zip line'. They predict how they can make their heart go faster by either increasing or decreasing the incline.
8. We quickly review all science concepts and vocabulary and encourage students do the experiments at home and retell their heart story.


Students will:
1. be able to retell the fiction story about Valentine's Day and hearts
2. be introduced to the scientific method.
3. understand the terms predict, and conclude.
4. learn about the forces of Push versus Pull
5. learn about the concept of Gravity.
6. learn about the concept of an Incline
7. work cooperatively with a partner during the experiments.
8. be active participants while conducting an experiment.
9. develop an appreciation for physical science.
10. be able to demonstrate push/pull with an object of their choice
11. be able to demonstrate gravity with an object of their choice.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Valerie will tailor her program to the standards that you want to meet with this program. Please let her know if you have specific standards that you would like her to cover.
CCSS.LEA-Literacy.RI.K.1 to .4
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.K.1 to .7
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.1 to .3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.K.1 to .6
Art NA-T.K-4.2, NA-VA.K-4.1-3, NA-VA.K-4.6, NA-D.K-4.1-3
Science K-PS2-1, PS2.A, PS2-2,Motion, Stability, Gravity, PS2.B. PS3.C
Math K.G.A.1, K.G.A.2, 1.F.A.1, G.A.1, 2.G.A.1

State Standards

Valerie will identify these for your state if you would like.