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Move it!: Motion, Forces and You

Mason, Adrienne (Author)
Dávila, Claudia (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2005. 32 pages
First published: 2005
Series: Primary Physical Science
ISBN: 9781553377597 (paperback)
9781553377580 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 531
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

recurring patterns, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

As part of a series on primary physical science, this cheery picture book tackles basic physics with a discussion on force, movement, gravity and friction. Sections such as “Push and pull,” “Down to Earth” and “Slow motion” offer simple definitions in large type. The language encourages youngsters to find examples in the illustrations, and hence in real life. Sections such as “Puffing power,” “Lift it!” and “Sliding along” describe easy science experiments to demonstrate the dynamics.

Brightly coloured full-page illustrations have a graphic, cartoon-like edge. The kid-characters are active and appealing as they deftly perform the experiments. Baseballs are thrown, bubbles blown, pillows tossed, wheels rolled. Fun settings include the playground, a birthday party, the boardwalk and in the snow. Talking animals offer sidebar information.

Back material includes a parent/teacher guide, with ideas for further discussion and exploration, as well as a brief glossary and index. This is a great book for actively engaging with the world of physical science.

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    As a group, brainstorm things that move and things that can be moved. Discuss the differences between these two categories.

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    After reading, revisit your brainstormed list and discuss the forces involved for each kind of movement (gravity? pushing? pulling?).

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    Notice the animals with the speech bubbles on each page. Why were they included? How do they help you to understand the concepts?

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    Try one or more of the featured experiments (“Push it!,” “Puffing power,” “Sliding along”). Write your hypothesis (prediction) before starting your experiment and follow the directions in order.

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    Read the front cover of the book and predict what the book will be about. Read the different sections of the book: “contents,” “for parents and teachers,” “words to know” and “index.” What do you find in these sections? What do the words on page 32 mean? Which words are similar to French words? Do they have the same meaning in both English and French?

  •  Read the book as a class. Describe what the children are doing in the pictures. Use gestures to act out what the children are doing.
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    In groups, prepare one of the experiments in the book. Demonstrate the experiment and explain what is happening to the class.

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