Jurassic Park

Finding Nemo (2003)

Concept featured in clip: Forces and Motion

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 28: 1:26:29 - 1:29:02

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Summary of clip: Dory, Marlin, and Nemo are on their way back to their home. Dory and Nemo get caught in a fishing-net with the other fish. The boat starts to hoist the net and fish up out of the water. Nemo tells his father, Marlin, that the only way to save Dory is to have the fish swim down. The fish swim down together and end up breaking the net and freeing themselves and Dory.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: Students can watch this clip during a physical science unit on forces and motion. The scene depicts how unbalanced forces cause motion. At first, the boat is creating an unbalanced force to pull the net and fish up. When the fish start swimming down, they create an unbalanced force in the opposite direction that ends up breaking the net.

Suggestions to teachers:

1. Suggested questions for students when viewing the clip:

a. How is the boat creating an unbalanced force to pull the net and the fish out of the water?

b. What do the fish have to do to pull the net back down into the water?

c. What phrase does Dory use to encourage the fish in the net?

2. As an additional activity, you could create balanced and unbalanced forces within the classroom. Students can feel the differences between balanced and unbalanced forces. They could even play tug-of-war.

3. Have the students draw a diagram of the scene involving the different forces.