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Here is another lesson that answers the question “Which ball bounces the highest?”


Math, Science  



Title – Which type of ball bounces the highest?
By – Carolyn Currins
Primary Subject – Science
Secondary Subjects – Math
Grade Level – 4th Grade

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Materials needed:

  • 4 Meter sticks
  • 4 different kinds of balls — golf ball, basketball, baseball, soccer ball
  • 3 sheets of paper per group
  • Calculators
  • Experiment Outline

Illinois State Science Standards:

      IL-11.A.2b Collect data for investigations using scientific process skills including observing, estimating and measuring.
      IL-11.A.2c Construct charts and visualizations to display data.

Illinois State Mathematics Standard:

    IL-10.B.2b Collect, organize and display data using tables, charts, bar graphs, line graphs, circle graphs, line plots and stem-and-leaf graphs.

Objective: To have students conduct an experiment with various types of balls to determine which bounces the highest. Students will also practice skills learned in math by graphing their results of the experiment.


  • TTW (the teacher will) show the students 4 different balls and ask them to identify what they are and which one they think will bounce the highest.
  • TTW organize the students into four groups to conduct an experiment to determine which ball bounces the highest.
  • TLW (the learner will) hypothesize about which ball will bounce the highest and record the information on the Experiment Outline.


  • Each group will be given 3 sheets of paper that they will need to tape end to end. The group will tape the paper to the wall so that it is touching the ground. Then the group will draw a line across the paper 100 cm up from the floor. One student will hold the meter stick against the wall, while other students take turns dropping each ball three times from the 100 cm mark. Another student will be responsible for keeping track of how high the each ball bounces and will make a mark on the paper. Everyone will record the height of each bounce on his or her Experiment Chart. Each group will be given one ball at a time and will switch after all groups have finished recording their data. After each ball has been dropped three times and the bounce height has been recorded, each group will figure out the average bounce height of each ball (rounded to the nearest whole number) and record on the chart. Each student will create their own bar graph using the data from the chart. Each student will write a short conclusion based on what was determined during the experiment.
  • After students have completed the experiment and the Experiment Outline, TTW ask the students to state their hypothesis and compare it to their conclusions.


  • TTW monitor how the students work in groups and follow directions.
  • TTW ask various questions during the experiment to check for understanding and promote inquiry.
  • TLW create a chart and graph the data collected during the experiment and turn in the Experiment Outline after the experiment is completed.

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