Critter Capsule

Build student curiosity about motion, center of mass, and inertia with this fun activity! Use this activity as a tool to discuss the characteristics of living organisms. The reason for the capsule’s tumbling motion is concealed by the foil which adds to its “mysterious” nature and provides an opportunity to practice observation and science process skills.

Grades Covered: K through 8
Subjects Covered: Physical Science,Life Science

Curriculum topics:
  • Balance
  • Center of Mass
  • Characteristics of Life
  • Inertia
  • Motion
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Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

  • NGSS DCI(s): Growth and Development of Organisms, Forces and Motion, Forces and Interactions (

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