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Force, Motion, Transportation!

January 12, 2022 | Becca Brasser

During January and February, students explore the concepts of force, motion, and work and discover the relationship between them through various hands-on activities. They measure force while exploring how simple machines make work easier by reducing the amount of force needed. In this investigation, students lift with levers, roll with wheels and axles, crank gears, and decrease friction. They are particularly interested in wheels and axles as they consider various types of land transportation.


Students also used paper, tape, and glue to create road systems featuring various types of bridges and intersections.


During Science today, the children experienced definitions of force, motion, and work. They pushed against a wall to help them understand that you could be exerting force on an object–but if it the object does not move, then no work is being done!


They used Push-Pull Meters to measure the amount of force needed to lift, push, and pull various objects around the classroom and determined which objects took the most force to move.



Becca Brasser

Teacher, Grade 1

Becca Brasser has been teaching first grade at Mustard Seed School since 2002. She’s passionate about teaching children to read, write, experiment, and take risks as they explore the world around them. Her own studies (including a Master of Arts degree from New Jersey City University) have given her expertise and experience in the area of literacy education.

Ms. Brasser especially enjoys taking her students on field trips all over the New York Metropolitan area, traveling on foot, subway, bus, commuter train, and ferry. Some favorite trips: the Hudson Hike, the New York Transit Museum, and the Central Park Zoo to study penguins.

Although she lives in the city, Ms. Brasser loves escaping to nature and finding it in her everyday life as well. She loves to explore rivers and lakes, woods and mountains with her husband Matt, their daughter, Annika, and son, Theo.

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