Procedure Day One:
Choose one of the balls to show your students. Say, “We are going to talk about different kinds of balls. You may think that all balls are alike but if you can find things that are different, about them too."
Continue with these questions:
- What kinds of balls have you played with?
- What words can you use to describe what this ball looks like?
- What does the ball feel like?
- What can you do with it?
- What are some ways that a ball moves? (roll, bounce, spin)
Read the book Balls. It is a quick and simple book that shows kinds of balls and how they can move.
Next place your students in small groups. Give each group a different ball. The task for the group is to think of five words that describe or tell about the ball. Words can include description of size, color, texture, type of material and use. Allow 5-10 minutes and then share with the rest of the class.
Then do some prediction activities! First ask the groups to predict which group has the ball that will bounce the highest. After the predictions have been tallied, instruct one student from each group to hold the group’s ball in the air and let it drop. Which ball bounced the highest? Which ball bounced the least amount or not at all?
Instruct a few students at a time to lie on the floor (those who want to participate) and use the straw to blow a ping pong ball as far as they can. Who can blow it the farthest? The shortest distance? Use this as a measurement activity.