Fishing with Physics(click here for full lesson)
Fishing with physics is part of my curriculum that I developed to integrate Science Standards with Outdoor Activities. Students learn when they can relate concepts to something that is familiar with them. While studying engineering, the scientific method, forces, motion, and matter in my 6th grade class I am incorporating students hobbies in activities.
This Activity involves using engineering to develop the best fishing pole to catch the largest fish. Students will work cooperatively, and then test their rods. Competition is another motivator to get students interested too. Students then brainstorm ideas on how the activity demonstrated Newton's three laws of motion. Students review the laws and formulate their thoughts. We then end with a group discussion that connects the activity to each law.
Check out my other activities that incorporate 6th grade science standards to outdoor activities.
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