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Exploring Bouncing Balls


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    University of California Museum of Paleontology

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Exploring Bouncing Balls

Learners explore the physical properties of a variety of balls and how they bounce. The point of the activity is not necessarily to have students arrive at a precise explanation for the phenomena they are investigating, but to provide learners with scientific experience and guide them to reflect upon this experience. Learners can use an included Science Flowchart to chart their scientific experience. This lesson serves as a good introduction to the nature of scientific inquiry.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


Subjects


  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • The Scientific Worldview
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories


  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Scotchmoor, Judy; White, Lisa

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, The University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley, and The Regents of the University of California, ©2010

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, EAR-0624436

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