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Balls Study


This study shows how to use children's interest in balls to help them explore social studies and science concepts about the features and nature of balls, and to use skills in literacy, math, technology, and the arts as they investigate. 

Children love balls.  They play with them in many different ways.  They throw them, catch them, kick them, and roll them with seemingly endless delight.  Children learn how natural forces, such as gravity and friction, affect the movement of balls, and they enjoy making balls, marbles, and other rolling objects change speed and direction.  The universal and enduring appeal of balls is evident in the traditional games children play with them and in the ways they invent their own ball game.