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Physics Lapbook

Updated on July 14, 2015

Energy, Forces, Light, Sound, Magnets, and So Much More

Think physics is only for geeks? Think again! Physics is a fascinating facet of science that is especially relevant to children -- pushing and pulling, falling and leaping are all components of this science. Even elementary students can benefit from a study of physics. Use this page to help you design your own physics lapbook or unit study.

Forces and the Laws of Motion

my daughter's laws of motion minibook
my daughter's laws of motion minibook

Here are some educational Songs that fit here: Gravity Song and What is Friction?

Also be sure to check out Energy Kids' Page Resources there are divided by grade level. Look for printables about friction, simple machines, and forces. Many of the PDFs have nice graphics and diagrams that could be used in minibooks.

Sparklebox has a Forces and Movement printables that would be especially good for younger children. Make them into a memory game, flashcards, a poster, or a minibook.

Isaac Newton wrote the three laws of motion.

1. An object in motion will remain in motion and an object at rest will remain at rest UNLESS acted upon by a force

2. Force = mass x acceleration

3. For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

Click HERE for the Three Laws of Motion window minibook template I created. It will open as a PDF in another window.

Newton's 3 Laws of Motion has simple animated gifs and explanations of these laws that we used in our study.

A Physics Reference

You will probably want some books to serve as the foundation of your study. Or, if you need a quick answer to something, try Physics 4 Kids, something of an online textbook.

Another nice resource is Next Time Questions. Each PDF has a one page question with an accompanying cartoon illustration. The question is designed to make your child think, using physics principles to answer. The second page has some explanations and the answer.

The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary Of Physics (Illustrated Dictionaries)
The Usborne Illustrated Dictionary Of Physics (Illustrated Dictionaries)

Although we often reference online information, nothing is as convenient as a book in my opinion. This book would serve well as a physics spine.

 

Forces & Motion Lapbook - Made With Great Science Adventures: The World of Tools and Technology

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Great Science Adventures - The World of Tools and Technology

We made the lapbook pictured above during our four week study of forces and motion. Many of the reproducibles and ideas came from Dinah Zike's Great Science Adventures: The World of Tools and Technology.

Great Science Adventures the World of Tools And Technology
Great Science Adventures the World of Tools And Technology

This book is a great resource for lapbooking physics topics. It covers all of the six simple machines as well as work and friction.

 

Simple Machines - Printables for a Lapbook

The six simple machines are

  • inclined plane
  • wedge
  • screw
  • lever
  • wheel & axle
  • pulley

We used Dinah Zike's Great Science Adventures The World of Tools and Technology as a resource. In 24 lessons it presents the six simple machines, with mini-books for each lesson.

Light and Color Lapbook

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Great Science Adventures - The World of Light and Sound

Above is the lapbook my daughter made during the few weeks we studied light and color. We took several ideas and reproducible templates from the book below.

Great Science Adventures the World of Light And Sound
Great Science Adventures the World of Light And Sound

This book was created by Dinah Zike, a well known name in lapbooking circles. 24 lessons take you through a study of light, color, mirrors, lasers, heat, and sound. In each lesson you will make one or more mini-books. The directions and reproducible pages are all included as well as ideas for activities and experiments.

Although this book can stand alone as a science curriculum, it also serves well as a lapbooking supplement to another physics study. I have this book and use it as a lapbooking supplement to Noeo Science Physics 1 curriculum.

 

Light and Sound - Printables for a Lapbook

Here are some most basic concepts about light that you should be sure to include in your physics unit study.

  • Light is energy.
  • It travels in straight path.
  • Reflection is bouncing off.
  • Refraction is passing through and bending.
  • Translucent means light passes through and opaque means light cannot pass through.
  • Luminous objects create light.

Sound Lapbook

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Energy - Kinetic, Potential, Renewable, Non-renewable

Free energy printables and songs! Check out these options for your lapbook and unit study.

Electricity

Concepts to include in your study of electricity:

  • Electrons flowing along a path = electricity
  • Direct current (DC)
  • Alternating current (AC)
  • Conductors allow the flow of electricity
  • Insulators stop the flow of electricity

Visit some of these links for free resources about electricity.

Magnet Lapbook

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Magnetism Facts and Links

Above is my daughter's magnets lapbook. For extra fun, we cut this lapbook into a curved shape on one end to resemble a horseshoe magnet.

Facts about magnets:

  • Have north and south poles
  • Exert force on metals

Physics Experiments

Of course, your study of physics should incorporate some hands-on experiments! Not only are they fun, but they also teach the principles in a way that is memorable.

For a freebie, try this well made PDF file of physics experiments complete with diagrams and drawings.

Or try these online ideas for light experiments or sound experiments.

The Science Spot has some lesson plans that are actually great projects for experiencing physics first hand.

Janice VanCleave's Physics for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound
Janice VanCleave's Physics for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments in Motion, Heat, Light, Machines, and Sound

101 experiments, each with a purpose, a list of materials, step-by-step instructions, expected results, and an easy to understand explanation. Every activity has been pretested and can be performed safely and inexpensively in the classroom or at home.

 

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Online Fun with Physics

Try these online games or simulations to reinforce your lessons.

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    • groovyoldlady profile image

      groovyoldlady 9 years ago

      I've taught Chemistry and Biology (and enjoyed them both immensely!), but always run from Physics like it was the plague! Thanks for making it look more accessible. :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We did all three of the Dinah Zike books for physics too. Here are some fun things we added.

      My kids loved building with the Knex sets that deal with simple machines and really seeing them work. Check them out. I got mine from Timberdoodle. Here is the link

      http://www.timberdoodle.com/index.asp?PageAction=V...

      Knex Levers and Pulleys

      Knex Wheels/Axles and Inclined Planes

      Knex Gears

      For Magnets check out Fizz Bang Science's book 39 Amazing Experiments with the Mega-Magnet (make sure you order it with the magnet)

      For Electronics they also enjoyed Electronic Snap Circuit which you can also get from timberdoodle

      http://www.timberdoodle.com/index.asp?PageAction=V...

      thanks for the links to save for the next time we do physics.

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      dmmcmah lm 8 years ago

      Nice lens. But what really makes physics interesting these days, is quantum mechanics and relativity, two theories that challenge our notions of reality! You might suggest that your readers check out "The Quantum World: Quantum Physics for Everyone" by Kenneth W. Ford.

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      DrRichard LM 8 years ago

      Great lens. I have a background in physics so enjoyed some proper science here for a change!! 5 stars and a favorite.

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      kephrira lm 8 years ago

      great lens, I really support what you're doing to promote physics as an interesting subject to children. take a look at my

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      Andy 8 years ago from London, England

      Excellent lens. I am a physicist. You have some very good illustrations here.

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      Evelyn Saenz 7 years ago from Royalton

      Another wonderful lapbook. I have never found a child who didn't love physics when it was taught in a hands-on way. Thank you for all the wonderful resources.

      Welcome to the Back to School Group Lensography.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm beginning to think I'm jinxed...is it me or is there something amiss with the link to the simple machines lapbook, it goes to lapbooklessons.com blog but nothing happens. I would really like to have this pdf file if at all possible. I love you squidoo lens and everything I've seen of yours.

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      @anonymous: Oh, how disappointing. It seems that the mom who shared that file has removed all her material from Lapbook Lessons. I'm so sorry about that. I've removed the link from this lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Where can I find the printables for the sound lapbook? Thanks!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Where can I find the printables for the sound lapbook?

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      ShamanicShift 6 years ago

      Excellent reference--presented in a fun way.

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      JeremiahStanghini 5 years ago

      Lensrolled to my Black Whole lens.

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      ScienceDave 5 years ago

      To quote you," Physics is a fascinating facet of science that is especially relevant to children." As a 58 year old "child," I find physics to be more fascinating all the time.

      Thanks for the great lens! I Really appreciated it!

      Science Dave (aka Dave Briggs) :~)

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      jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

      Your lapbook lenses are amazing! I'm about to start a physical science unit at school, and I'm going to use these resources to have my students make a lapbook as an end of year project. Thank you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How did you fold the papers in the yellow portion of the sound lapbook? I'd love to do this in my classroom! Please email at katyjo_10@hotmail.com.

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      Daphsam LM 5 years ago

      Amazing lens, very informative! Thank you:)

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      brynimagire 5 years ago

      Great experiment ! Great lens !

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      Vortrek Grafix 4 years ago

      This is too cool. This fun learning approach is a great way to stimulate the curiosity, especially with young kids. Fun develops into passion for learning, and passion then becomes a self-driven motivator.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this is absolutely so inspiring, so well organized, and so easy to drive my idea train in a whole new direction! Thank you for compiling this!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Your lap books and activities are just incredibly fantastic.

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      Clivetalks LM 4 years ago

      Nice! But it reminds me that the US have not adopted the Metric scale yet! My poor son is going to be confused by inches feet and pounds! Come on US adopt it now!

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      Freestuffer LM 4 years ago

      This is a nice lens........If you can, add something about moment of inertia

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      A very informative lens. A lot of great resources about basic physics. :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      @Clivetalks LM: U.s. is starting to teach it.I'm learning too as a mother.I wish we knew metric first.

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      kepezzo 3 years ago

      wow....great start for "kids"...

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      Boyd Carter 3 years ago

      What a great lens about a variety of physics topics! I will refer my granddaughter to this lens. I'm sure she will find many resources here to pique her interest.

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