# 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.

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.

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?

• 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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