Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Have you ever used marble runs to teach physics?
If not, you definitely should. I don't know who has more fun, the teacher or the kids! You can apply concepts of measurement, gravity, estimation, motion, force, systems, and the list goes on. All students K-5 can benefit from investigating marble runs. I use a rubric for their finished product, and I place them into teams. If I were doing this with 4th or 5th, I would do partners or individual projects. They have to make it out of recycled materials. I have recycle bins in my room and I have both parents and staff dropping off random things (toilet paper rolls, 2 liter bottles, pvc pipe, foam, wrapping paper rolls, etc.) throughout the year. This year, I was fortunate enough to receive plastic marble runs for the younger ones to investigate force and gravity with, before they built their recycle project. When you are planning physics for your class, consider marble runs...hours of endless fun and learning!