Shamrock Physics: Enjoy A Good Luck Folktale, Do Action Science - Push, Pull, Gravity, Incline

by  Author Valerie Marsh

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    A  little bit of literature, sign language and a whole lot of
First, children enjoy a fun folktale about shamrocks!  Next up is the
science! Using their shamrock, students explore the math and physics
concepts of line of symmetry, push, pull, gravity and incline. We
'predict' that you and your students will have 'good luck' with this
Hands-on interactive program!

We will mail you all the fun supplies!

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $140.00


45 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, Homeschool/Family

Minimum participants:

Just one!

Maximum participants:

Two classes together or about 45 students for optimum interactivity.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Performing Arts, Problem Solving, Reading, Sciences, Writing Storytelling

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No charge for cancellations due to weather.

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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!

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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 a shamrock.
2. Children will retell the story with Valerie and create their own paper shamrocks. Students will need a pencil, piece of green paper and a pair of scissors.
3. Puppets Peepers and Dr. Einstein along with Miss Liz Science Wiz, will present the topic of force, and the motion of push and pull.
4. Students will make predictions regarding what will happen to their paper shamrocks as they apply force.
5. Students will experiment with push and pull forces as they make their shamrock glide across
their desk. Students will vary the amount of force that they use.
6. Miss Liz will guide the students in using the string as a incline for the shamrock. 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 shamrock 'zip line'. They predict how they can make their shamrock go faster by either increasing or decreasing the incline.
8. We will quickly review all science concepts and vocabulary and encourage students do the experiments at home and retell their shamrock story.

Valerie will send you a introductory packet containing background information, paper clips, string, and the shamrock pattern. Depending on your students, you might wish to have the shamrock already cut out for them.


Students will:
1. be able to retell the fiction story about shamrocks
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.

Students will need a pencil, a paper clip, a 20' long piece of string, piece of green or white paper with the pattern photocopied on and a pair of scissors. Depending on your students, cutting the pattern out for your students before our program might be very helpful.

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.G.A.1, G.A.1, 2.G.A.1

State Standards

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