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Force and Stop Motion
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Students will use stop motion videos to show the effects of force on motion.

Recommended Grade 2nd grade
Sciece Topic Force and Motion

NC Science Standards
K.P.1 Understand the positions and motions of objects and organisms observed in the environment.
EX.K.P.1 Identify positions and motions of familiar objects in the environment.
First Grade:
1.P.1 Understand how forces (pushes or pulls) affect the motion of an object.
EX.1.P.1 Understand how pushes or pulls change the motion of an object.
EX.1.P.1.1 Identify what is causing a stationary object to move: a push or pull.

NGSS K Force and Motion
K-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object
PS2.A: Forces and Motion:
Pushes and pulls can have different strengths and directions.
Pushing or pulling on an object can change the speed or direction
of its motion and can start or stop it.
PS2.B Types of Interactions
When objects touch or collide, they push on one another and can change motion.
PS3.C: Relationship Between Energy and Forces
A bigger push or pull makes things speed up or slow down more quickly


Motion is a change in position, so we need to understand position to understand motion. Motion occurs because of forces or pushes and pulls. The harder we push or pull something the more we change its motion. Pushes and pulls are always in a direction, understanding the direction of the push or pull tells us where something will move.

Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of how force changes motion.
2. Students will have to collaborate.
3. Students will need to create story boards for their videos.
4. Failing-Up
5. Practicing Patience


-Tablets with "Stop Motion Studio" App
-Construction paper
-Any items that students would like to bring to use within their stop motion

1. Have students determine what their stop motion will consist of who jobs for each student in the group or pair
2. Download the free app to every tablet you will be using


*At this point your students should know who is their partner or group as well as what they will be filming*

1. Give every group/pair a tablet with the app already installed
2. Do quick rundown on how to use the app and how to create a stop motion animation.
3. Have them spread out and begin. Make sure they know that the place they choose is the place that will be in until they are done filming.
*If this is a multiple day project, we suggest having them set-up somewhere that does not have to be cleaned-up and materials can be left untouched*
4. Have them share/showcase their stop motions to their peers.

1. Talk to do the students about what force and motion they are representing
2. Talk about how they fail-up and problem-solved throughout the project
3. Talk about what they would do differently next time

Time Estimate: 30-45minutes (can be several days if you choose!)


This is the first year we will try this project. Our students love stop motion so we decided to use it in a STEAM unit.