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Fifth graders participate in a review discussion of the parts of a lever, resistance or load, fulcrum, and effort. Next, they complete activities at six experiment stations while collecting data that they share with the class. While collecting the data they complete at attached Science Inquiry Packet entitled, "Levers."
The lever is an everyday simple machine. Youngsters learn the principles of levers and explore their many uses. Groups of pupils perform a simple lab where they lift objects with a fulcrum while placing the load in a variety of positions. They experiment with how much force needs to be exerted to lift the object based on it's position. The lesson has a lab sheet embedded in it to make implementation quite simple. A good lesson on simple machines!
Fourth graders lift objects with the fulcrum and load in various positions and then experiment with how much force is exerted by the effort and load arms of the lever. They place 5 paper clips in the load and move the fulcrum to match provided scenarios.
Students change the properties of a material by applying heat and use the change to move a lever. For this simple machines lesson, students read and watch videos about levers and moving atoms. They create a lever using an actuator and electricity.
Students brainstorm if they think that any lever would use the same amount of paperclips. They break into small groups and use a data sheet as well as a lever, Lego person, fulcrum, and some paperclips and prove what they think by taking data and then comparing what they cound with the rest of the groups.
Third graders view a demonstration of a teeter totter as a basis for assessing pre-knowledge of a lever. They create a KwL chart. Students work in small groups to conduct a variety of experiments. The first requires students to tie books into a bundle, and place the fulcrum and books at different locations along the lever. Students record results. They write a summary statement about the force required to lift a load and the distance the load travels.
Students design and build their own catapult. For this physics less, students identify the different parts of a lever. They cite real world applications of lever.
In this levers worksheet, learners compare the three classes of levers. Students determine how the location of the fulcrum effects the amount of force needed. Then learners complete 20 fill in the blank questions and 6 word problems.
Fifth graders understand what a lever is, how it works and what the parts of a lever are. In this first class lever instructional activity, 5th graders label pictures and design a lab lever. Students predict the outcome of experiments with their lever and record them.
Fifth graders discover the rules by which the lever slants and balances. They determine that there are a great many tools that employ the lever principle even in their ordinary environments. They consider how to use objects easily after finding that it's really hard to lift a heavy object by hand.
Students investigate how levers help to lift heavy loads. They view and discuss examples of levers, explore various websites, experiment with the levers brought to the class, and watch the video for the book "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel."
Students determine the identity of the three classes of levers while explaining how each works. They wait a video clip that shows uses for different types of levers and work as a class to write a KWL chart. Finally, they make a model fo a siege weapon that meets the specifications in the attached brief.
Students identify the various parts of the body that serve as wedges and levers, identifying the fulcrum for each body lever. They bite into carrots and apples to analyze how their jaws and teeth work, then complete three worksheets that require investigating how different parts of their body work.
Students study the three different types of levers and develop a simple machine. For this levers and simple machines lesson, students look at different types of levers, and experiment with a ruler and a marshmallow to determine how they work. They work in groups to use items from a bag filled by the teacher to design and build a machine.
In this first class lever worksheet, students investigate the mechanical advantage of this simple machine. Students change the effort arm and the resistance arm and calculate the resistance force, effort force and the mechanical advantage. Students complete 3 conclusion questions about their lab results.
Fifth graders explore the concept of pulleys and levers. They read and discuss text from the book "It's Science! Machines We Use," and in small groups construct a simple lever and pulley using a Lego Dacta set.
Learners examine simple machines and explain how the lever and pulley make work easier.  In this levers lesson students discuss the mechanical advantage  of a lever, pulley and wheel-and-axle.
Students investigate levers. In this simple machine lesson plan, students study levers and  the mechanical advantage of using levers. They will collect data and illustrate their systems for eight different tests.
Seventeen pages of material leave you well-prepared to carry out this lesson on levers and pulleys. Photos and diagrams make the instructions clear; resource links provide additional information. The missing aspects of this teacher's guide are that specialized science equipment is required, such as a Vernier computer interface, and that student handouts are not furnished. 
In this earthquake exploration worksheet, learners complete 2 prior knowledge questions, then use "Levers Gizmo" to conduct several activities, completing short answer questions when finished.

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