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Have your class conduct research to learn all they can about simple machines. They use the web, take notes from a video, write a script, then make a film describing various simple machines found in real life. These videos are then presented to a 3rd grade class. It is always great to let your learners become the teachers (for a little while at least).
Students are exposed to simple machines and their uses. In this everyday tools instructional activity, students watch a demonstration on how a lever, pulley, ramp, and wheel works. Students are given the opportunity to use hands-on techniques to explore these machines and learn about their uses.
Students investigate the inventions of simple machines in our past and how they affect us today. In this engineering lesson, students discover who Rube Goldberg was and his ideas about complicated machines performing very simple tasks. Students create an illustration/blueprint of a device based on simple machines that can serve a general purpose.
Young scholars understand the difference between the scientific definition of work and the everyday definition. In this simple machines instructional activity, students diagram a robot made of simple machines. Young scholars create their models. Students explain what their robots can do in a presentation.
Simple machines are fascinating for kids! This short, but effective presentation goes into the six types of simple machines: the pulley, the lever, the wedge, the wheel and axle, the inclined plane, and the screw. The slides give examples of each, and discuss how they are used. In one of the final slides, there are two resource links to games which have learners identify as many simple machines as they can find. A good closing activity!
Learners study the three different types of levers and develop a simple machine. In 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.
Young scholars explore the concepts of force and effort by observing simple machines. In this physics instructional activity, students attempt to sharpen a pencil without any help, bite into an orange with their lips curled over their teeth, and other observable acts to exemplify how simple machines make our daily tasks easier.