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Play Ball!

We have seen how force and weight affect the movement of many objects. Now it’s time to play! Yeah!

Take it Outside!

Grab a ball and bat, a four-square ball, a basketball, a football, or soccer ball, and hit the playground. Your mission is to experiment with force, motion, speed, direction and distance.

Complete a table like this one for your chosen sport.
To make the ball go ... I think I should hit or throw ... Observations
You probably noticed that you can make the ball do what you want it to, depending on how hard you hit or throw it and in what direction. Professional athletes are experts at understanding the relationships between force and motion.
Congratulations! You’ve completed another section of Sci-Ber Text! Do you feel something pulling you on? It could be the next unit. I know you’ll be drawn-to GRAVITY!

Download the plug-ins: Get Adobe Acrobat Reader, and Get Quicktime Player. (The QuickTime plug-in is needed to play sounds and movies correctly.)

Want to share photos of you or your friends doing this activity? Send it in an e-mail with the following information:

  1. The title of the activity
  2. The URL (Internet address)
  3. Your name.

Remember that no pictures can be used that show student faces or student names on it. 

Teachers should view the Teacher Site Map to relate Sci-ber text and the USOE 3rd grade science core.

Updated October 24, 2008 by: Glen Westbroek

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