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Pulley Systems Used at Fort McHenry
What a great opportunity to integrate science into your lesson plan on the War of 1812! Discover how pulley systems were used to move 1,000 lb. cannons at the Battle of Fort McHenry, and to raise the flag that would inspire Francis Scott Key to write the "Star-Spangled Banner." You may even want to team up with another Science teacher and transform this lesson plan into a more in-depth interdisciplinary project.
For this simple machines worksheet, students learn about pulleys. They then answer the 11 questions on the page. The answers are on the last page of the packet.
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.
Students explore how pulleys work. In this physics lesson, students calculate the work and efficiency of a fixed pulley. They demonstrate how the direction of applied force is changed by a fixed pulley.
Efficiency of a Pulley System
Students investigate a pulley system in the lab. For this pulley system lesson plan, students build a pulley system using weights, strings and wheels. They calculate the work output, work input and efficiency of the system. They also find the ideal mechanical advantage and the actual mechanical advantage of the system. Students answer 6 post lab questions about the system they built and how friction effects the work.
Pull(ey)ing The Science Out (Or Pulleys)
Students investigate how the number of pulleys affect the difficulty or ease of pulling an object up. They watch a demonstration that shows the work done by one pulley and two pulleys. After watching the demonstration, the students break into groups to investigate the use of pulleys.
Students explore the building of a pyramid and how pulleys were used to change the direction of applied force. They demonstrate the mechanical advantage of using a pulley and apply it to modern engineering.
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.
Third graders explore physics by participating in a simple machine exercise. In this pulley activity, 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.
Inclined Plane and Pulley
Students describe how inclined plane and pulleys make work easier. In this physics activity, students calculate work done and mechanical advantage of both simple machines. They collect data from the experiment and construct graphs.
Simple Machines III - Pulleys
The principles behind pulleys, levers, and simple machines are the focus of a science instructional activity. In it, learners take part in a whole-class activity. There are two groups of pupils who each must lift objects with fixed pulleys and multiple loop pulleys. They keep track of the force necessary to lift each object. This effective task should lead to a good understanding of how simple machines make our lives easier!
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.
Idler Pulley Lesson
Students interpret drawings and reproduce them in a CAD format. In this design lesson students complete an assembly drawing of a pulley system.
Pulleys and Levers
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.
Can You Bear It? Pulleys, Gears, Forces, Structures and Mechanisms
Students review the types of simple machines. As a class, they focus on the positives and negatives of pulleys and gears and identify what pulleys and gears change of an object. They work together to design their own object to support a group of gears and pulleys and present it to the class.
Pulleys and Force
Learners investigate pulleys and pulley systems. They demonstrate how multiple pulleys dramatically reduce required force. They study hoe pulley systems are used in machines and impact everyday life.
Third graders engage in a manipulative experiment in the mechanical advantage of simple machines. It graphically demonstrates the change in magnitude of applied force when using simple machines. Great for ESL to discover the ratio formula for pulleys.
Simple Machines -- Pulleys
Learners examine and experiment with different types of pulleys. They practice putting them together and moving objects from one place to another.
Levers and Pulleys
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.
Simple Machines - Pulley
Students work in small groups and construct a simple machine known as a pulley.