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ERIC Number: EJ945521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0887-2376
Art in Motion: A Sailboat Regatta
Angle, Julie; Foster, Gayla
Science Scope, v35 n2 p56-62 Oct 2011
The activity described here uses the creative natures of visual art and music to enhance students' potential for creativity while increasing their understanding of the science associated with force and motion. Students design, test, and redesign a sailboat vehicle; collect data; make interpretations; and then defend their design. Music is used to engage students during the activity's introduction, and students decorate the sails of their sailboat vehicles with collage, tempera paint, colored pencils, and oil pastels. Through a combination of visual art, music, and the inquiry skills of the science associated with force and motion, students are empowered to develop the skills and knowledge to become creative, independent learners. In addition, this lesson improves students' understanding and application of Newton's laws of motion before the laws are formally introduced to them in future science courses; strengthens critical-thinking processes that parallel scientific inquiry (such as identifying and testing hypotheses, drawing conclusions, and defending evidence that supports learning through inquiry); and stresses the importance of collaborative efforts among team members. (Contains 2 figures, 2 resources, and an activity worksheet.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A