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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.
5th Science 17 Views 28 Downloads
Allowing Students to Explore Simple Physics and Marketing in English Class
Scientific method, linear measurements, friction, inertia. Imagine learning scientific vocabulary in an ELA class. Before researching and developing a presentation about simple machines, class members build a common, but decidedly watered-down, version of these terms and scientific principles.
9th Language Arts 30 Views 74 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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 54 Views 121 Downloads
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.
5th Science 3 Views 35 Downloads
Simple Machines IV - Wheels and Axles
Youngsters are introduced to the basic principles and uses of the wheel and the axle. They come up with every day examples of simple machines and look into why the wheel and the axle are best-used as a paired machine instead of used independently.
4th Science 14 Views 22 Downloads
Simple Machines - Wheel and Axle
Upper graders are shown an example of a wheel and axle through which they will each make a pinwheel. They are given instructions on how to complete their pinwheel step-by-step, one pinwheel per group. They try out their pinwheels to see if they are assembled correctly.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 30 Views 71 Downloads
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 16 Views 44 Downloads
The Art of Simple Machines
Pupils 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 34 Views 159 Downloads
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 11 Views 50 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 26 Views 103 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 50 Views 306 Downloads
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.
K Science 16 Views 80 Downloads
Eighth graders work together in groups to introduce themselves to the six types of simple machines. They are to record what the machine does, its mechanical advantage and identify real world situations in which they are used. They present their findings to the class to end the lesson.
8th Science 16 Views 61 Downloads
Newton's Second Law of Motion with Simple Machines
First graders study Newton's Second Law of Motion before demonstrating the concept with a simple machine. They sing a song about speed, force, mass, and acceleration. They use simple machines to demonstrate how objects that have a higher mass require more force to move them.
1st Science 4 Views 28 Downloads
Creating My Own Rube Goldberg Machine
Students dissect simple machines. In this simple machines lesson, students gather simple machines from their home to dissect in class. Students investigate the working parts of simple machines and construct a machine based on the designs of Rube Goldberg.
3rd - 5th Science 8 Views 37 Downloads
Sure to be a hit with your charges, here is a science lesson that has lots of hands-on activities packed into it. The focus is simple machines, and how they help us perform work. After a discussion and demonstration session, groups of learners are given one simple machine to examine in detail.
5th Science 3 Views 4 Downloads