Unit Plan: Introduction to Forces

Science / Grade K

Big Ideas

The motion of objects depends on their properties.


  • Push and Pull

Essential Questions

Students will keep considering…

  • Why do things move?

Evaluative Criteria

Teachers should consider how summative assessments should be based on clear criteria and include a variety of ways for students to show demonstrate their learning.

  • N/A

Monitoring Progress

Teacher will monitor progress:

Teachers can monitor progress through ongoing formative assessment including but not limited to:

  • N/A



  • And Everyone Shouted Pull by Claire Llewellyn
  • Science Journal template


How will teachers and their students reflect on and evaluate the completed project?

Teacher Reflection

  • What aspects of the unit went well
  • What did students struggle with
  • What did you struggle with?
  • What would you add/revise the next time you taught this unit?
  • Were there any unintended outcomes?
  • Were students engaged?

Stage 1 – Desired Results

Big Ideas

The motion of objects depends on their properties.


  • Push and pull

Transfer Goals

Students will be able to independently use their learning to…

  • Explain the effect of force on an object.



Students will understand that…

  • Objects can move.


Students will keep considering…

  • Why do things move?

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Students will be skilled at…

  • Representing observations and ideas by drawing charts and simple pictographs.


Students will know…

  • The effects of push and pull on movement.


    Which Core Competencies will be integrated into the unit?

    • Question and investigage

    First People's Principles of Learning

    The unit will make connections with:

    Learning Involves Patience and Time.

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    Big Ideas

    The Big Ideas consist of generalizations and principles and the key concepts important in an area of learning. The Big Ideas represent what students will understand at the completion of the curriculum for their grade. They are intended to endure beyond a single grade and contribute to future understanding.

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    Core Competencies

    orangecommunicationCommunications Competency

    The set of abilities that students use to impart and exchange information, experiences and ideas, to explore the world around them, and to understand and effectively engage in the use of digital media

    bluethinkingThinking Competency

    The knowledge, skills and processes we associate with intellectual development

    greensocialSocial Competency

    The set of abilities that relate to students’ identity in the world, both as individuals and as members of their community and society

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    Curricular Competencies & Content

    Curricular Competencies are the skills, strategies, and processes that students develop over time. They reflect the “Do” in the Know-Do-Understand model of curriculum. The Curricular Competencies are built on the thinking, communicating, and personal and social competencies relevant to disciplines that make up an area of learning.

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    Additional Resources

    First People's Principles of Learning

    To read more about First People’s Principles of Learning, please click here.

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