Describe how a push or a pull is a force
Activity: Push and Pull
What happens when you push or pull?
Students will play Talking Chips in groups of 5. Each group member will talk
about what they know about force and motion.
Follow the Push or Pull postit note activity (from website above) and completing
the Push/Pull chart. (See Attached page)
*Have students stand with their chair in front of them. Ask them why the
chair is not moving.
*Discuss how to start objects moving with a push or pull force.
*Have students discuss how people machines, magnets or nature (wind,
water) pushes and pulls
MEAP Assessment Clarifications
• Force is a push or a pull on an object or substance.
• Examples of forces are gravity and pushes and pulls caused by people,
machines, magnets, or nature (wind and water).
• A push moves an object away from another object and a pull moves an object
toward another object.
Students fill in the claims/evidence page with sticky notes and outside observations
I used force to push my chair under my The chair moved away from me
I used force to pull the cabinet drawer The drawer moved toward me
Follow the Performance Event: PushPull Venn Diagram activity from above
Use the What I Learned about Push and Pull page. Have students use their clams/
evidence page to help them write their explanations.
Help students come up with statement using the lesson question.
Starter Statement: I learned that I use force to push and pull (then the claims and
evidence to support statement)
Picture labels should include: push, pull, gravity, force (with arrow), moving away
from, and towards