August 17th, 2016

In this lesson students get to explore their play through the use of the app.

2.1 Force Bingo

2.2 — Force: Fun With Force

App Features

Using the force lens students will:

  • Record a performance using the activity templates.
  • Create a path.
  • Add height.
  • Adjust ground height.
  • Add push and pull stickers

Expected Activity Time

  • Total Activity Time: 45 minutes
  • Introduction: 10 minutes
  • Record a video: 30 minutes
  • Discussion: 5 minutes

Materials and Prep

  • Fun props to create videos
  • iPad with the Playground Physics app
  • Projector with iPad adaptor (optional)
  • Force: Fun with Force Worksheet


Introduction: 10 minutes

  • Tell students that they are going to get a chance to explore the Force Lens of the app by making a number of different videos that they find fun and interesting.
  • Share with students the worksheet Force: Fun with Force and have them read through the list of activity ideas with their group. Each group should add to the list by suggesting five other activity ideas they might want to explore when thinking about forces. Remind students to be creative but that they also need to have on hand any materials they might need to enact their ideas.
  • All groups should also plan to record a video of someone jumping rope so that they will have it for the upcoming lessons. Students should then star three additional activities that they plan to record while outside. Remind students they can add to their plan once outside and that they are not limited by the list they created.
  • Before heading outside remind students of the tips for recording videos with Playground Physics that they learned from the introductory Bingo activity (see Lesson 0.2 Getting Started: Bingo), to be respectful of other groups while outside, be safe with the activities they choose to explore, and to have fun!

Record Videos: 30 minutes

  • While outside there is no need to scaffold any activities since this engagement is important for setting up later lessons.
  • Dissecting and analyzing of the performances can be done on the playground or back in the classroom. Have students use the Force Lens to trace a path, enter height, explore data and graphs, and add push and pull stickers.

Discussion: 5 minutes

  • Once back in the classroom have each group share what their favorite type of activity to explore force was that they recorded, and what they noticed or thought was interesting about exploring it through the use of the Playground Physics app.
  • If time allows, students can also connect their iPads to a projector and share one of the videos they created with the class.
  • Remember to check the “Parking Lot” of questions at the end of the class period. Remove any questions that have been answered and have students add any new questions that may have come up.

Worksheet Previews

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Big Idea

The purpose of this activity is to allow students time to explore playful moments through the use of the app and begin noticing the science in their play. In later lessons, students are required to use the app in a more controlled way to get ideal results.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to record and annotate a video using the Playground Physics App.
  • Students will be able to follow the tips for recording to record videos that can be accurately analyzed through the use of the app.

Standards Addressed


Crosscutting Concepts: Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World

The uses of technologies and any limitations on their use are driven by individual or societal needs, desires and values; by the findings of scientific research; and by differences in such factors as climate, natural resources and economic conditions.


Key Ideas and Details

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

Comprehension and Collaboration

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6,7,8.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Standard 2: Information Systems

Information technology is used to retrieve, process and communicate information, and as a tool to enhance learning.


  • Force is an interaction between objects that causes a change in the motion of an object.
  • Newton’s Third Law of Motion explains that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
  • Force pairs (push/pull) are the two objects whose forces are acting on one another in equal strength and opposite directions. These forces can be in the form of a push or a pull.

Device Strategies

Single-device implementation

With only one device, you can project the iPad so that the entire class can watch and be involved in the recording and investigation/annotation of a single race.

Multiple-device implementation

With many devices, students may be broken up into teams to work collaboratively on their iPad to record, annotate and investigate their videos. We suggest having teams of three or four students. More suggestions on grouping students can be found in Lesson 0.2 – Getting Started: Bingo. Make sure you keep track of which group had which iPad.