Identify the force that pulls objects towards the Earth
How does the helicopter work?
Students make helicopter
Give students directions and make sure #6 and #7 are deleted
Have students find way to make the helicopter work
MEAP Assessment Clarification
• Gravity is the force that pulls objects towards the Earth.
Teacher Background – pg. 148151
Students fill in the claims/evidence page
Talk about why the helicopter is moving down
Why there needs to have weight on the end
What happens when the blades are in different positions
my helicopter twirls the blades move around in a circle while
going towards the ground
the helicopter moves towards the the force of gravity is pulling on the
the blades are slowed down by the the helicopter floats towards the ground
Elaborate and Evaluate
Use I learned page. Have the students use the claims/evidence page to write what
they learned and label their picture of their helicopter.
Help students come up with statement using the lesson question.
Starter Statement: I learned how a paper helicopter works.
As my helicopter twirls, I see the blades move around in a circle while going
towards the ground. The helicopter moves towards the ground because the force of
2. gravity is pulling on the helicopter. The blades are slowed down by the air which
makes the helicopter float towards the ground.
Picture labels should include: blades, air, gravity, ground, direction words, motion,
and force (w/arrow)
3. Claims Evidence
I know that ... I know this because …