Such a classic trick that isn't a trick at all, it's physics. Kids can't believe I want them to try it and then they can't believe it works. They want to do it over and over. This activity is set up like a lab, but would work just as well as a station. The directions are written directly to the students so you don't have to introduce it. This is a great addition to a study of Newton's laws of motion.

 

Concepts Addressed

  • Objects in motion tend to remain in motion. 
  • Objects at rest tend to remain at rest. 
  • Unbalanced or outside forces produce acceleration (a change in motion).


Materials Needed  Breakable dishes and glasses; 1 m of fabric

 

Prep Needed  Gather supplies

Teaching Time   20-30 min

 

Related Labs   Motion and Newton's Law

Force and Motion: Inertia—Newtons First Law—Pulling a Tablecloth off the Table

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