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Move It! With Simple Machines
Students explore engineering by participating in a mechanical class activity. For this simple machines lesson, students identify many simple machines that allow them to perform tasks easily each day. Students collaborate in small groups and create their own inventions by utilizing wood, screws, tools, and other carpentry style materials.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 50 Views 178 Downloads
Project for Simple Machines
Second graders investigate the use of simple machines to make work easier. In this simple machines lesson, 2nd graders listen to a number of read aloud books about simple machines that show how these machines make it easier to accomplish a task.
2nd Science 29 Views 96 Downloads
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.
5th Science 12 Views 24 Downloads
Internet Field Trip: Simple Machines
Students observe and identify the types of simple machines. They conduct research and gather data to increase the comprehension of simple machines. Students identify and comprehend data to complete a graphic organizer and focus questions.
6th - 8th Science 22 Views 74 Downloads
The Art of Simple Machines
Learners 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. Learners create an illustration/blueprint of a device based on simple machines that can serve a general purpose.
3rd - 7th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 124 Downloads
Simple Machines, Survivor-Style
Students apply the principles of simple machines to create events in a wacky obstacle course. They work with a partner to prepare a visual presentation and an expository description of the obstacle course. Each group sequentially describe the use of the model.
6th - 8th Science 12 Views 84 Downloads
The Art of Simple Machines
Students join together science and art to create diagrams of simple machines. They assess the importance of a wheel and axle, pulley, inclined plane, lever and screw into a drawing in art. Each student then joins this lesson with a sequential writing and reading assignment.
4th - 9th Science 27 Views 152 Downloads
My Simple Machine Robot
Students understand the difference between the scientific definition of work and the everyday definition. In this simple machines lesson, students diagram a robot made of simple machines. Students create their models. Students explain what their robots can do in a presentation.
K - 3rd Science 17 Views 101 Downloads
Simple Machines, Odd Machines
Students recognize and identify common objects that can be used as a lever. In this simple machines lesson, students experiment with materials to design and construct a machine that uses a lever. Students also design and build a catapult.
4th - 8th Science 43 Views 300 Downloads
Engineering: Simple Machines
Fourth graders participate in activities to examine how simple machines help build things. They identify the six types of simple machines. They discover how simple machines where use historically to build pyramids and how they are still used in building skyscrapers today.
4th Technology & Engineering 10 Views 14 Downloads
Solving Problems Using Simple Machines
Fifth graders listen to The 3 Pigs and the Scientific Wolf and build simple machines. In this simple machines instructional activity, 5th graders review what the six simple machines are. Students create simple machines that would have helped the wolf catch the pigs.
5th Language Arts 7 Views 30 Downloads
Here is an inventive plan that should get your young scientists excited! In it, groups of pupils test out the work done by six different simple machines. The machines are: the wedge, the lever, the inclined plane, the pulley, the screw, and the wheel and axle.
5th Math 51 Views 118 Downloads
Use Simple Machines to Help Stuart Little
Third graders study six simple machines while working in expert groups. They use the information from the research to decide which simple machine the Little's could use to move a package. They demonstrate how their simple works in a whole class setting.
3rd Science 3 Views 37 Downloads
Simple Machines Stations!
Fourth graders investigate the principles and uses of an inclined plane, screw, and wedge and identify examples of simple machines. They rotate through three experiment stations, complete a worksheet for each station, and read a handout and answer reading comprehension questions.
4th Science 6 Views 72 Downloads
Students watch a video and play a game. In this simple machines lesson, students watch a video on simple machines. They play an interactive game on the Edheads web site and share what they have learned. Throughout the day students observe what simple machines they use.
4th - 5th Science 3 Views 35 Downloads