As we are moving into an athletics unit in PE, there is a perfect link to the unit of inquiry happening in grade 3 at the moment on ‘Forces’. I will be supporting this unit of inquiry by creating as many learning opportunities as possible that help the students to understand the connections between forces and the different events in athletics.
As a pre-assessment activity, I am going to have the students inquire into how Newton’s Laws apply to throwing. The lesson plan is as follows:
I took a picture of the Newton’s Laws poster located on the wall in their classroom and included it on the worksheet to help prompt their thinking. There is a small version of it on the front of the sheet where they will be recording data and a much larger version on the back that they can refer to when in group discussion.
The students will all throw object and collect at the same time (on ‘go’ command of teacher) to ensure safety.