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. Younger students may have their shamrocks pre-cut if you wish.
3. Puppets Peepers and Dr. Einstein along with Miss Liz Science Wiz, will present the topics of force, gravity, friction, and the motions 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.
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.
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
Valerie will identify these for your state if you would like.