Anchor Phenomenon Ideas: We've found the best way to anchor this topic and make it relevant to kids is to jump into playing with toys! As students work though question two in their packet, ask them to share questions they come up with. Create a giant list of questions for the class and help students make connections throughout your unit.
Remind students that they've been observing Newton's Laws their whole lives! This quick clip demonstrates inertia - the baby is at rest and stays at rest! All kids are doing now is applying scientific language to everyday situations.
Tips and Tricks: Collect toys from your own house, garage sales, thrift stores and your phy ed department. Balls of different sizes, marbles, toy cars, ramps and dominoes are great toys to start with. Encourage kids to really just play for at least one class period - this will be difficult for some of them! The Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas is an excellent example of learning through play.
Extension Activity: Here is a thorough review of the Theory of Multiple Intelligences in Simply Psychology as you support students with their extension projects. The article includes a link to an easy-to-understand four minute video that can be shared with students.
For more ways to include learning with Multiple Intelligences in your classroom as well as a simple quiz for students to take to determine their top intelligences, check out our Multiple Intelligences Book Project.
Enrichment Ideas: Challenge kids to learn about and explain the physics behind fidget spinners. Here is a great Interesting Engineering article to help them get started!