Everything Moves

Information for Teachers

Curriculum links

Australian Science Standards

PS (ACSSU76) Forces can be exerted by one object on another

PS (ACSSU76) Effect of friction on different surfaces

PS (ACSSU76) Effect of forces on the behaviour of an object

New Zealand Science Achievement Objectives

PW: The patterns associated with physical phenomena found in everyday situations involving movement, forces, electricity and magnetism, light, sound, waves and heat

PW: The effect of forces (contact and non-contact) on the motion of objects

Helpful websites

You may want to direct your students to some or all of these websites to help with their investigations.





How to search the internet

1 Keep your request short

Fewer words will give a more accurate search.

2 Choose exactly what you want

For example: Arctic Circle Climate

3 Use quotes

Double quotes around a set of words tell the search engine to consider those exact words in that exact order without any change. For example: “Arctic Circle Climate”

4 Use the plus sign (+)

If you add a plus sign (+) between words, the internet will search for all the words. For example: migrate+birds+whales+mammal

5 Use the minus sign (–) to say what you don’t want

Use a minus sign (–) to show words you do not want to appear in your results. For example: if you search for burrowing animals and do not want mammals in your search,  –mammals will exclude mammals. Note that you need to put a space before the minus sign for the word to be excluded.

6 Be very clear about what you don’t want

Part 1
Ask questions and make predictions

After reading Everything Moves, you may have many questions about the different ways things move and what causes them to move.

List your questions

• Compare your list with questions that others have.
• Choose a question you would like to investigate.
• You can work alone, with a partner, or in a small group.

You may want to choose one or more of these questions to investigate

Q1. What causes things to move?

Q2. What are the different types of motion?

Q3. What forces slow things down or make them change direction?

Go to Part 2 Plan and investigate →

Part 2
Plan and investigate

Do searches in the internet or in books or talk to people who can help to find the information you are looking for.

Your teacher may suggest suitable websites for further information.


Go to Part 3 Record and analyse data →

Part 3
Record and analyse data

Find a way of recording your information that will allow you to see any patterns in the data.

Data Chart for Everything Moves

Decide which force happens in these activities. 

(Download and change to suit your information)

Download Chart
Go to Part 4 Evaluate the information →

Part 4
Evaluate the information

1. Look over the information you have gathered and the patterns you have found.

What causes things to move?

What are the different types of motion?

What forces slow things down or make them change direction?

2. Search for other patterns.

How does friction work?

How does gravity work?

Why do pushing and pulling forces need to overcome gravity and friction?

3. Makes notes about what you find.

Go to Part 5 Communicate and share ideas →

Part 5
Communicate and share ideas

Look over all of the information that you have gathered in your investigation.

What are the most important ideas about the ways things move in different ways, slow down or stop?

Make a chart showing the most important ideas.

Share your findings with another person/a small group/the class.

Download Chart
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