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Falling Objects

Learning about the force of gravity through observation and experiment

'Falling Objects' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Forces

Curriculum subtopic:  Gravity

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Scientists look carefully at what's happening in the world. They try to understand what they see and to explain why things happen the way they do. They are always asking questions about the way the world works. You can be a science investigator too.

 

What happens when you throw a ball into the air?

it goes up and then falls back down again

it goes up and up and then disappears into the sky

it goes up and then floats

What happens if you throw balls of different sizes into the air, such as a tennis ball, a football or a beachball?

some balls stay in the air

every ball falls to the ground

Do you think that everything will fall to the ground? Experiment with other objects. (Don't use anything breakable!) See what happens.

yes

no

what happens when you drop a feather from a height?

it will drop immediately to the floor

it will slowly fall to the floor, swaying as it falls

it will stay in the air

What would happen if you were standing indoors on a flat surface and dropped a small, ping pong ball and a bowling ball from the same height at the same time?

The ping pong ball would land first

The bowling ball would land first

They would land at the same time

  • Question 1

What happens when you throw a ball into the air?

CORRECT ANSWER
it goes up and then falls back down again
EDDIE SAYS
No matter how hard you throw the ball it only goes up so far, and then falls back to the ground again. Just like a scientist you have made an observation of something happening in the world.
  • Question 2

What happens if you throw balls of different sizes into the air, such as a tennis ball, a football or a beachball?

CORRECT ANSWER
every ball falls to the ground
EDDIE SAYS
No matter what size of ball you throw, they all fall to the ground again.
  • Question 3

Do you think that everything will fall to the ground? Experiment with other objects. (Don't use anything breakable!) See what happens.

CORRECT ANSWER
yes
EDDIE SAYS
Even a very light object such as a feather eventually floats to the ground. You began by observing that one type of object will fall to the ground. Then you experimented to find out if all objects did the same. Congratulations. You are thinking like a scientist!
  • Question 4

what happens when you drop a feather from a height?

CORRECT ANSWER
it will slowly fall to the floor, swaying as it falls
EDDIE SAYS
Feathers are VERY light, which means that they do not fall as quickly as heavier objects. Because they are so light, they will be carried on the wind as they fall, so it looks as though they are swaying from side to side.
  • Question 5

What would happen if you were standing indoors on a flat surface and dropped a small, ping pong ball and a bowling ball from the same height at the same time?

CORRECT ANSWER
They would land at the same time
EDDIE SAYS
If you were outside and there was a gust of wind to affect the balls as they fell, then the heavier bowling ball would land first. However, inside (where there is no wind), they would land at the same time.
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