Standard #: SC.1.P.12.1


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Demonstrate and describe the various ways that objects can move, such as in a straight line, zigzag, back-and-forth, round-and-round, fast, and slow.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 1
Body of Knowledge: Physical Science
Big Idea: Motion of Objects -

A. Motion is a key characteristic of all matter that can be observed, described, and measured.

B. The motion of objects can be changed by forces.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

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Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
SC.1.P.12.In.1 Demonstrate and identify that objects can move in different ways, such as up and down, in a straight line, and back and forth.
SC.1.P.12.Su.1 Demonstrate that objects can move in different ways, such as up and down.
SC.1.P.12.Pa.1 Track objects moving up and down.


Related Resources

Lesson Plans

Name Description
Pinata! Pinata!

This is a Science lesson based on force and movement. As a plus the students will also be learning a little bit about the Hispanic culture and use of piñatas. Students will practice their math skills by reading a data table and adding tens and ones.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Making Objects Move Science NetLinks In this lesson, students identify ways to make objects move while recording their techniques. Students then engineer a track that will place an object as close to an exact location as possible. Students will test and revise their tracks.
Let's Use Force The students will be able to explain how a push or pull affects how an object moves, the difference of a push and pull, and the way to change how something is moving is to give it a push or a pull.
Look Out Below!

In this lesson students explore the force of gravity by testing gravity's pull with parachutes. The students will investigate the idea of gravity pulling objects to the ground unless something holds it up.

It's Time for the Fair!

This lesson integrates science and reading. This lesson is about demonstrating how objects move and describing how they move (fast or slow, straight line, round and round).

Push and Pull Magnet Art – an Engineering Design Challenge

This Engineering Design Challenge is intended to help first grade students apply the concepts of the various ways objects can move, and that the way to change the motion of an object is to apply a push or a pull. It is not intended as an initial introduction to this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorials

Name Description
Recording with Pictures and Writing on a Science Investigation

Help Tallula record observations of moving objects at her local playground in this interactive science tutorial.

Circus of Movement

Looks at the different ways things can move in this interactive tutorial.

Teaching Ideas

Name Description
Friction Lesson Plan

Teacher-created resource on friction for 1st graders.

How and Where Things Move Students explore a variety of objects to discover the many ways the objects move-up and down, straight line, in circles, back and forth. They will discover that a force (push or pull) makes it move.
Investigating Motion With Marbles In this guided inquiry activity, students will use 2 marbles of different size and a box to investigate what makes the marbles move and what will cause the marbles to change speed and direction.

Unit/Lesson Sequences

Name Description
How do Objects Move | Engineering Design Challenge

In this unit, students explore and explain the many different ways that an object moves and how its properties affect its movements. In one lesson ("In What Ways"), students predict and test their predictions on how different objects will move when gently pushed on their desks. In "Do All Tops Spin Alike?," students use different materials to construct their own tops and test its movements. "Making Objects Move" introduces the concept of acceleration and allows students to use different sizes and types of balls and other materials to build tracks that will be used to stop the ball at a certain location. "Playground Equipment" gives an engineering experience by engaging students in a competition with a given scenario and asking them to design, test, and re-design (if necessary) a functioning piece of new playground equipment (the terms "force," "motion," "gravity," and "simple machine" are introduced).

What Makes Objects Move?

In this unit, students use different objects and observations to explore what factors influence an objects' motion.

Student Resources

Original Student Tutorials

Name Description
Recording with Pictures and Writing on a Science Investigation:

Help Tallula record observations of moving objects at her local playground in this interactive science tutorial.

Circus of Movement:

Looks at the different ways things can move in this interactive tutorial.



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