Use the Force!
Explore forces, interactions, and even build your own simple machine!

Today’s Activities

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Engage

Did you know that the Force isn’t just for Jedis? We use forces to do almost everything! Check out this lesson on Forces to learn more! Don’t forget to take the quiz after you watch the video.

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Math

You don’t have to “force” yourself to do these math problems. They can be a fun challenge!

Leveled learning extension 1: Reinforce your math skills with these pages which offer more basic math problems!

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Worksheet 2

Leveled learning extension 2: Tease your brain with this worksheet to target foundational math skills!

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Machines!

What kinds of machines do you use in your everyday life? Check out this lesson to explore how simple machines use what we know about forces to make our lives easier! Don’t forget to take the quiz at the end!

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Heroes!

When you think of a superhero, do you think of someone who can break the laws of physics? Check out this website to see how everyday heroes are making the world a better place!

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Try It!

Do you have a lever in your backyard? Check out this graphic, then go outside and see what kinds of simple machines you can build!

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Field Day!

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