Lesson Worksheet: What Is a Force? Science • 3rd Grade

In this worksheet, we will practice identifying contact forces and the effects that forces can cause.

Q1:

Hannah is making a model of a dragon out of modeling clay.

Clay dragon

Must a force be used to mold the clay?

  • AYes
  • BNo

If Hannah wanted to lift the dragon model up in the air, what kind of force would she use?

  • AA pull
  • BA twist
  • CNo force needed

Q2:

Which of these actions uses a twist force?

  • AHanging a coat on a coat rack
  • BUnscrewing the lid from a water bottle
  • CHammering a nail to a wall
  • DCatching a ball

Q3:

Look at the image shown and think about whether a push force or a pull force is being used.

Now, complete the following statement: Anthony is a heavy box across the floor.

  • Apulling
  • Bpushing

Q4:

A group of people are having a tug-of-war competition in the park. Which of the following statements describes the forces involved?

  • ATeam A is pushing the rope and team B is pulling the rope.
  • BTeam A is pushing the rope and team B is also pushing the rope.
  • CTeam A is pulling the rope and team B is also pulling the rope.
  • DTeam A is pulling the rope and team B is pushing the rope.

Q5:

Look at the image shown. Mia is about to kick a soccer ball.

Girl kick the ball at the football stadium

What kind of force will she be using as she kicks the ball?

  • AA push force
  • BA pull force

Is this a contact force?

  • AYes
  • BNo

Q6:

In a baseball game, the catcher catches the ball and brings it toward his chest. As he brings the ball toward himself, what type of force does he use?

Baseball catcher- size 500
  • AA pull force
  • BA push force
  • CNeither

Q7:

Which of the images correctly shows the direction of the force used by the dog to pull its owner?

  • AB
  • BA
  • CNeither

Q8:

Look at the image shown and think about whether a push force or a pull force is being used.

Now, complete the following statement: Hannah is  Michael on the swing.

  • Apulling
  • Bpushing

Q9:

What is another name for a forward force?

  • APush
  • BPull
  • CFriction

Q10:

Chloe has two sets of modeling clay.

She uses a pulling force to stretch the clay. Which of the following images shows the pulling action?

  • AB
  • BA
  • CNeither

It takes 5 newtons to pull apart the purple clay. It takes 7 newtons to pull apart the green clay. Is this force bigger or smaller than the force needed for the purple clay?

  • ASmaller
  • BBigger
  • CSame size

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