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Book 42: Marbles: Exploring Motion and Forces

Levels: 3-4
Contextual strands: Physical world icon. Physical world


Every day, and usually without thinking, children respond to and anticipate the effects of forces on moveable objects. Marbles provides opportunities for children to investigate this familiar phenomenon of motion and the forces acting on objects (specifically, marbles) that affect their motion. The book focuses on patterns of motion:

  • that are within children's experience
  • that children are able to directly observe and describe.

Concept overview

Use the concept overview, which is also on the inside front cover of the book, as a reference for the concepts that relate to Marbles: Exploring Motion and Forces.

PDF icon. Read the concept overview (PDF 59 KB)

Links with other titles in the series

  • Book 34: Parachutes (L3–4, Physical World)
    which describes how objects float and fall in air
  • Book 38: Understanding Buoyancy (L3–4, Physical World)
    which describes how gravity and other forces combine to determine whether an object floats or sinks in water

Assessment resources

Search the science section of the Assessment Resource Banks (ARB) website to find resources that assess the 'big idea' learning outcomes referred to in the concept overview for this title.