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Young scholars explore engineering by participating in a mechanical class activity. In this simple machines lesson, students identify many simple machines that allow them to perform tasks easily each day. Young scholars collaborate in small groups and create their own inventions by utilizing wood, screws, tools, and other carpentry style materials.
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).
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. They watch a video at an assigned web site, and use recycled materials to make a model amusement park ride that includes a simple machine. They label and display their work.
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. A fun hands-on activity that would good for any unit on 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. They discuss the six different types of simple machines.
Learners 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.
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.
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 instructional activity with a sequential writing and reading assignment.
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.
Young scholars recognize and identify common objects that can be used as a lever. In this simple machines lesson plan, students experiment with materials to design and construct a machine that uses a lever. Young scholars also design and build a catapult.
Students, after sorting, categorizing, and defining simple machines, identify the 6 basic simple machines with complete accuracy.
Students study and identify different types of simple machines and how they work. They design a simple machine.
Students investigate different types of simple machines. They identify simple machines as part of daily life. They build a simple machine.
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.
Students apply the mechanical advantages and problem-solving capabilities of six types of simple machines (wedge, wheel and axle, lever, inclined plane, screw, pulley) as they discuss modern structures in the spirit of the engineers and builders of the great pyramids. While studying the steps of the engineering design process, students practice teamwork, creativity and problem solving.
Fifth graders identify six simple machines, including inclined plane, wedge, screw, lever, wheel and axle, and pulley, describe attributes of each machine, and design, in jigsaw groups, their own simple machines capable of moving brick.
Fifth graders listen to The 3 Pigs and the Scientific Wolf and build simple machines. For this simple machines lesson, 5th graders review what the six simple machines are. Students create simple machines that would have helped the wolf catch the pigs.
Young scholars explain how simple machines work and design their own machine. They use the Internet for research.
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. There is a method they use to determine the machine that does the best job of exchanging force for distance. Excellent!
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.