Drop it, pick it up race
- Divide your class into groups of five or six pupils and stand each group in a line. If there is an odd number in your class, make one the captain to say ‘Ready, steady, go!’ and to watch out for cheating and to decide on the winners.
- Pass a soft toy down each line by dropping it on the floor in front of the person next to you. That person picks it up and then drops it in front of the next pupil who then picks it up and drops it. The last pupil in each line shouts ‘Stop!’ The winner is the first team to pass their soft toy to the end of the line.
Before viewing activity
- Explain that you are going to watch an experiment about which material offers best protection around an egg to stop it breaking. Ask your class to talk about the experiment in pairs and to decide what experiment they would carry out to find the best protection for an egg. Tell them they have the following available for the experiment: paper bowls, fresh eggs, sellotape, cereals, popcorn, bread, pasta and icing.
While viewing activity
- Write the following questions on the board:
- Why is the girl measuring the height of the window?
- Why is it important to drop the eggs from the same height?
- What is different about the four ‘egg drops’?
- Play the video clip [include link to Teacher’s Corner clips here] and ask the class to answer the questions on the board. Play up to the point at which the girl starts opening the bowls that have been dropped.
- Now draw a table on the board and have pupils put their names next to the material they think will offer most protection: bread, cereal, popcorn, pasta or icing (note that the girl misspells ‘icing’ when she writes it on the bowl).
- Finish watching the video to find out which prediction was correct.
- Ask why they think the icing and the cereals protected the eggs the best. The more the protective material allows the egg to absorb the energy from the shock, the more likely it is not to break.
- Put your pupils into pairs. Ask them to decide who is A and who is B. Now give out the worksheets A or B to the pupils.
- Ask all of the pupils to read their texts aloud to their partners. Together, they match the sentences from B to the parts of an experiment in A.
Answer key: 1. d), 2. b), 3. c), 4. e), 5. f), 6. g), 7. a)
- Ask the class to stay in their pairs and write their own question that they would like to answer by carrying out an experiment. Ask them to write the question, do the experiment, record their results and draw a conclusion. They can then film themselves or present their experiments/results to the rest of the class.