Pulley Teacher Resources
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We Have Work to Do!
An excellent lesson awaits your young scientists! In it, learners are invited to explore the world of pulleys, levers, and planes; simple machines that make lifting heavy things much, much easier. They watch video, and engage in hands-on activities that allow them to lift heavy things by using these simple machines.
K - 2nd Science
Levers and Pulleys
Seventeen pages of material leave you well-prepared to carry out this lesson plan 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.
7th - 10th Science
How Pulleys Work
An aerospace engineer and some preteens have a virtual conversation about pulleys. This modern video uses the raising and lowering of the Space Shuttle to show that pulleys can be used to lift very large weights. Show this video to your young physicists and then give them some pulleys to experiment with.
3 mins 4th - 8th Science
Qualitative Examples of Conservation of Mechanical Energy
Instructions for series of six activites, a reading of scientific literature, and a choice of six assessments await you in this physics resource. Well-written plans guide you in guiding your pupils to experiment with levers, pulleys, rolling marbles, springs, and more.
9th - Higher Ed Science
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.
2nd - 3rd Science
Simple Machines: Pulleys
Students observe and analyze how pulleys work and how a double pulley can make work easier. In small groups they use a fixed pulley system and a double pulley system and draw a picture of how their pulley system functions. Students then observe a demonstration of a student being lifted in a chair.
4th - 5th Science
Identify and use Simple Machines
Students are exposed to simple machines and their uses. In this everyday tools lesson, 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.
New Review Simple Machines Worksheet
Simplify students' lives with this physical science note-taking guide. From inclined planes to moveable pulleys, this resource supports young scientists with defining each type of simple machine while identifying their mechanical advantage and real-world applications.
3rd - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
With a digital camera in hand, pupils go on a hunt for an assigned simple machine. Each group of 3 will take a photo of a simple machine found on the school grounds. They will use their photos to create Trading Cards. When all the cards are printed, learners will engage in a Line Dance as a way to share the images they collected.
TE Activity: Pulley'ing Your Own Weight
Students experiment with common objects such as spools, string and soap to determine how pulleys make it easier to move large objects. They look at the difference between fixed and movable pulleys. They examine the many uses engineers have for pulleys.
3rd - 5th Math
Third graders explore physics by participating in a simple machine exercise. In this pulley lesson plan, 3rd graders collaborate with their entire class to experiment with pulleys and complete worksheets based upon results. Students identify different simple machines and how they work.
Is a Pulley a Special Kind of Lever?
Fifth graders use information from their text to read and discuss pulleys and levers. They examine a top sketch of the arrangement of a fixed pulley. Working in groups, 5th graders perform experiments to test the effect of using a pulley system to life large objects.