We read The Hula-Hoopin’ Queen by Thelma Lynne Godin as part of our Black History Month activities. It’s a great story that celebrates the importance of family and community ties. It also shows the importance of staying young at heart.
In our Science and PE lesson, we applied physics (forces and friction) to hula-hoopin’. Our Science Inquiry Question was: Does the weight / size of a hula-hoop affect how it spins?
First we recorded our a prediction, then in pairs or small groups we experimented with different sizes of hula hoops and kept a tally. We analysed our data and discovered that the lighter hula-hoop spun faster but the heavier hoop was easier to spin once it got going.