Sunday Science - Gravity
The idea and overview for the activities came from Teaching Physics With Toys. I learned from this lesson that the listed time in text is not accurate and even with the extensions I needed more activities. I think part of the reason this class went so fast is that it was very basic and introductory going over concepts that the kids already had at least somewhat of an understanding.
We then went over the sink and watched and felt gravity in action again. I filled the sink about half full then pulled the plug. When I could get the kids to wait a moment before sticking their hands in to feel the pull they were actually able to see the vortex. I think this was their favorite part of the whole class. We filled and emptied the sink over and over again so everyone could see and touch.
At the end we played a game with forces. We did it as a competition to start. Try to push palm to palm such that your force your opponent to take a step. That was fun and easy. Then we made it more challenging. Try now to work as a team and push but make it balanced so that you are both pushing in evenly and no one needs to move.
At home with Froggy, I also read some fun books about gravity. We read Chicken Little and Gravity Works.