Push-pull addresses the AC Science Understanding ACSSU033 A push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape, in the context of inquiring about how toys move.
Push-pull provides students with hands-on opportunities to:
- explore pushes and pulls
- observe and gather evidence about how these forces act in air and water, and on the ground
- identify the effect of the pull of gravity
- learn that both air and water can 'push'
Students apply their new learning by:
- planning and conducting an investigation of the factors that affect a paper whirly-bird’s fall through air
Linking science with literacy
In the Primary Connections approach, students are supported to create representations that draw on and strengthen their literacy development. In Push-pull, students represent and explain their understanding about how a push or a pull affects how an object moves or changes shape, by creating these representations:
- data table
- force-arrow diagram
- factual text
- word wall