Forces and the Properties of Materials – Yr 3/4 Teaching Ideas – 15 Lesson Plans That Will Engage Your Students!


Summary of Teaching Resource:

Teaching ideas for teaching year 3/4 forces and the properties of materials. These ideas are linked to the Australian Curriculum for Technology and Design with more links leading into Science and conducting experiments. The main activity for the students to participate in is a MARBLE RUN. It’s incredibly fun and really gets the students thinking. Additional teaching ideas related to technology can be found on one of my websites called

Australian Curriculum Links:

Year 3/4 Technologies:

  • Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a product or system (ACTDEK011)
  • Select and use materials, components, tools and equipment using safe work practices to make designed solutions (ACTDEP016)
  • Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP015)
  • Plan a sequence of production steps when making designed solutions individually and collaboratively (ACTDEP018)

Teaching Ideas and Lesson Plans:






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I am a classroom teacher who has who has 10 years experience with interactive whiteboards and facilitating the integration of ICT in education. I have worked as a University tutor in computer technology and education and am a guest lecturer at Universities. I am a presenter in the field of technology and education and have presented both nationally and internationally at educational conferences. After completing my Masters in Education, I am currently enrolled as a PHD student at the University of SA in the filed of mobile technologies and education. I am also the founder of Inter-tech Education, an organisation dedicated to the education of teachers in the field of technolgy.

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