Wheels on a Bike


Introduce young children to the scientific concept of rotational motion. Physics defines any object moving around a center point as using rotational motion. The wheels of a bike moving in a straight line use linear motion and, as they turn, the wheels also use rotational motion. Examples are given.

Reading Level 1-3, Interest Level 2-5.



In Wheels on a Bike: A Look at Rotational Motion, fundamental scientific concepts in physics are explained through simply written text and colorful, fun illustrations. Young readers learn that any object that is moving in a straight line has linear motion. A bicycle moving in a straight line has linear motion, but because bicycle wheels are round and move in a circle, the wheels also use nonlinear, or rotational, motion. The word rotate means to turn around a center point. Rotational motion is a type of movement where an object turns around a center point. Rotational motion can be demonstrated by placing a dot on the side of a bike wheel, turning the wheel, and watching how the dot moves. Other examples of objects using rotational motion are illustrated: a spinning top, a rolling ball, windmill blades, and airplane propellers.

A pronunciation guide of scientific terms is included. 24 pages filled with engaging, colorful illustrations.

Reading Level 1-3, Interest Level 2-5.

Keywords:  elementary science, physics, home school, Real Science-4-Kids, motion, science facts, curved motion

  • These are 24 page full-color readers for younger students as a read-alone or with parent/teacher assisted reading.
  • Also great for students with learning challenges or ESL students.

ISBN   978-1-950415-24-3

Pub Date:  9/25/20

Lexile Measure:  480L

Word Count:   188

BISAC Juvenile Nonfiction

JNF051140      JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Physics

JNF045000      JUVENILE NONFICTION / Readers / Beginner

JNF000000      JUVENILE NONFICTION / General