SC.4.P.12.1

Recognize that an object in motion always changes its position and may change its direction.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 4
Body of Knowledge: Physical Science
Idea: Level 1: Recall
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
Content Complexity Rating: Level 1: Recall - More Information
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020050: Science - Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 and beyond (current))
7720050: Access Science Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
5020110: STEM Lab Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2016 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.4.P.12.In.1: Identify that the position of an object changes when the object is in motion.
SC.4.P.12.Su.1: Recognize that movement causes an object to change position.
SC.4.P.12.Pa.1: Recognize that an object can move in different directions, such as left to right, straight line, and zigzag.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Lesson Plans

Set Sail with STEM: Exploring Wind and Water Movement as Energy with Sailboats:

Come sail away with this STEM activity! Students will use hands-on inquiry to find out more about wind and its effect on sails. Through trial and error and based on data collected, students will design, build, and race their own vessel or "sailboat" across the boundless waters of a kiddie pool. Students should gain a better understanding of how moving water and air are sources of energy and can propel objects forward at varying rates of speed.

Type: Lesson Plan

Explore a Rock Foundation: The Hunt for an Asteroid!:

Students are asked to help their client select the "best" asteroid to explore given several different factors. Students collaborate in small groups to develop a procedure to rate the asteroids. They are then asked to write a letter back to the client, defending and explaining the procedure they developed. This MEA has been written based on NASA's current mission to explore an asteroid to prepare for the mission to Mars.

Type: Lesson Plan

Rollercoaster Investigations:

This activity will allow students to explore the motion and speed of an object. While constructing a rollercoaster and using the Scientific Method, students will create their own question and then investigate it, finding out whether the speed of an object is affected by the track it follows.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorial

GOAL! Motion of Objects:

Join in coaching the local soccer team and learn about the motion of objects with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Teaching Ideas

Newton Laws of Motion-SeaWorld Classroom Activity:

Students will correlate Newton's Laws to various animal behaviors.

Type: Teaching Idea

Boing! Wind Me Up!:

This activity features a wind-up boat which uses the stored energy of a rubber band to motor around a bathtub or any other body of water you choose to use!

Type: Teaching Idea

Virtual Manipulative

Tinker Ball:

Consider a wide range of possibilities when problem solving by experimenting with materials. Play around with objects and ideas to discover that there may be more than one solution. You will have an opportunity to explore with an assortment of objects to create a path for a ball to take.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Explore a Rock Foundation: The Hunt for an Asteroid!:

Students are asked to help their client select the "best" asteroid to explore given several different factors. Students collaborate in small groups to develop a procedure to rate the asteroids. They are then asked to write a letter back to the client, defending and explaining the procedure they developed. This MEA has been written based on NASA's current mission to explore an asteroid to prepare for the mission to Mars.

Original Student Tutorials Science - Grades K-8

GOAL! Motion of Objects:

Join in coaching the local soccer team and learn about the motion of objects with this interactive tutorial.

Student Resources

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Original Student Tutorial

GOAL! Motion of Objects:

Join in coaching the local soccer team and learn about the motion of objects with this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Virtual Manipulative

Tinker Ball:

Consider a wide range of possibilities when problem solving by experimenting with materials. Play around with objects and ideas to discover that there may be more than one solution. You will have an opportunity to explore with an assortment of objects to create a path for a ball to take.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Parent Resources

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