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Learners 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. Learners collaborate in small groups and create their own inventions by utilizing wood, screws, tools, and other carpentry style materials.
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.
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).
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.
Young scholars 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.  Young scholars create an illustration/blueprint of a device based on simple machines that can serve a general purpose.
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.
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.
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.
Learners 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. Learners also design and build a catapult.
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.
Young scholars study and identify different types of simple machines and how they work. They design a simple machine.
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.
Learners describe simple machines and predict how they help us in our everyday lives by examining actual examples. They use pictures to identify examples of simple machines and state their purpose.
In this simple machines worksheet, students read about various types of simple machines. They then use what they learned to answer 17 questions. The answers are on the last page.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students research simple machines. In this physics instructional activity, students participate in a WebQuest to gain knowledge about simple machines. WebQuest activities and worksheets are included in this instructional activity.