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Welcome to our force and motion webquest page.

This page will help you understand that types of motion may be described, measured, and predicted. You will also understand that the types of force that act on an object and the effect of that force can be described, measured, and predicted.

*****What You Should Already Know****

In third grade you learned to describe the motion of various objects (for example, forward, circular, wave).

You learned the characteristics of waves (for example, crest, trough, length).

You learned the six types of simple machines (screw, inclined plane, wedge, pulley, lever, and wheel and axle).

You learned that an object may move in a straight line at a constant speed, speed up, slow down, or change direction dependent on net force acting on the object.

In fourth grade you learned that velocity describes a change in distance over time.

You learned that velocity describes a change in distance over time.

You learned that waves behave differently in different media (for example, water, a wall, the atmosphere, a vacuum).

You learned how simple machines are used to make tasks possible.

You used tools to measure changes in position, direction, and speed of an object after a push or pull has been applied.

**********Extend Your Learning*********

Working cooperatively and collaboratively as a team, you will now extend your learning focused on fifth grade expectations. Complete the activities under "Your Tasks". Be prepared to take notes that will help you support your answers and your discussions. All work is to be done in your journal and placed in your folder to be submitted after completion of your webquest.

Familiarize yourself with the following terms:

.....force, friction, fulcrum
.....gravitation, gravity
.....inclined plane, inertia
.....wheel and axle

Play these vocabulary games to help you master some of the words listed. Just play Ch. 15, Forces, Motion and Work. You will play the other games when visiting the energy unit. (Hit the back button to return to this page.)

You may also use the following resources to assist you in your quest for learning:

.....a dictionary encyclopedia
.....your Social Studies textbook
.....our classroom library
.....our school library

********Sunshine State Standards********

SC.C.1.2.1: The student understands that the motion of an object can be described
and measured.

SC.C.1.2.2: The student knows that waves travel at different speeds through different materials.

SC.C.2.2.1: The student recognizes that forces of gravity, magnetism, and electricity operate simple machines.

SC.C.2.2.2: The student knows that an object may move in a straight line at a
constant speed, speed up, slow down, or change direction dependent on net force acting on the object.

SC.C.2.2.3: The student knows that the more massive an object is, the less effect a given force has.

SC.C.2.2.4: The student knows that the motion of an object is determined by the
overall effect of all of the forces acting on the object.
Force and Motion
Explore this simulation to see how the friction created by different surfaces effects speed and distance traveled.
Investigate how the amount of force effects the distance traveled.
Measure the effect an inclined plane has on the distance something travels.
Click here to explore simple and compound machines.
Review how magnets attract and repel.
Learn all about the forces of gravity, friction, and air resistance.
Learn about balanced and unbalanced forces.
How can you lift four times your weight?
Click here to find out how.
Click here to learn about simple machines, simply explained.
Click here to learn about the elements of machines.
Click here to design and test a catapult machine to launch paintballs to hit the target.
Learn about Isaac Newton and his many accomplishments.
Click here to learn about Isaac Newton's Three Laws of Motion. Be sure to read about Galileo.

******************YOUR TASKS******************

1. Use scientific tools (for example, stopwatch, meter stick, compass) to measure speed, distance, and direction of an object. See your teacher for specific activities.

2. Waves travel at different speeds through different materials. Discuss with your group and brainstorm a list of examples. Choose one example to explain in detail, using as many vocabulary words as possible.

3. What is the relationship between force and distance as it relates to simple machines (for example, levers and fulcrums working to lift objects).

4. Who is Isaac Newton? Write to tell about his many accomplishments. How would our world be different without his investigations?

5. What are Newton's Three Laws of Motion? Upon whose work did Newton build his own ideas? In your own words, write to explain what each one means. Share with your group. Revise your explanation as needed.

6. Objects do not change their motion unless acted upon by an outside force. Which of Newton'sLaw of Motion is this?

7. You understand how friction affects an object in motion.

8. You know the relationship between the strength of a force and its effect on an object (for example, the greater the force, the greater the change in motion; the more massive the object, the smaller the effect of a given force).

9. You know that motion in space is different from motion on Earth due to changes in gravitational force and friction.

10. You understand how inertia, gravity, friction, mass, and force affect motion.


When you have completed your tasks, you will have addressed all of our district's expectations for fifth grade in the Science strand for Force and Motion.

***************JUST FOR FUN (When You're Done!)***************

You may explore in further detail any of the linked sites on this page or you may use any of our posted search engines to explore other sites relating to this unit.

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