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#### It's a Whatchamacallit

LearnersÂ formulate new applications for simple machines in an original invention that solves a common problem. They brainstorm ideas for a new product using simple machines and communicate a finished project through an oral, written, and...

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#### Simple Machines IV - Levers

The principles of levers and simple machines are presented here. An easy-to-make lever is constructed by each group of scientists, and they use it to explore how this simple machine makes heavy things so much easier to lift and move. A...

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#### 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...

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#### Structures And Mechanisms

Eighth graders explore and demonstrate an understanding of the factors that contribute to the efficient operation of mechanisms and simple machines. They design and make a mechanical toy device that moves a given object a specified...

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#### 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...

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#### Welcome to the Wonderful World of Machines

Designed for a lower elementary school classroom, this presentation on simple machines is a wonderful way to introduce this topic. The resource begins by identifying and defining the six types of simple machines, and then goes on to...

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#### Desktop Catapult

This is bound to be the favorite lesson of the year for your physics class since they design desktop catapults. They can experiment with angles, weight, and trajectories. Instructions are provided for making the catapult out of a plastic...

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#### Desktop Catapult

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#### Simple Machines IV - Levers

The lever is an everyday simple machine. Youngsters learn the principles of levers and explore their many uses. Groups of pupils perform a simple lab where they lift objects with a fulcrum while placing the load in a variety of...

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#### Magnet Circus

Students explore the properties of magnets by designing a device that can move as far as possible using only magnets to move it, and design a machine that will stay in motion for the greatest period of time.

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#### Motion Commotion!

Students explore the drawings of Rube Goldberg to design and construct a simple machine. They discuss simple machines, and using various materials and toy parts, design and construct a "Rube Goldberg" style machine to ring a bell.

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#### Creating My Own Rube Goldberg Machine

Students dissect simple machines. In this simple machines instructional activity, students gather simple machines from their home to dissect in class. Students investigate the working parts of simple machines and construct a machine...

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#### 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...

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#### Gadget Anatomy

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...

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#### Simple Machines

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,...

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#### Simple Machines III - Pulleys

The principles behind pulleys, levers, and simple machines are the focus of a science lesson. 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...

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#### Simple Machines

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...

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#### A Leprechaun Trap

Create leprechaun traps using various materials and modeling traps using simple machines. Middle schoolers will build their trap and demonstrate it in front of their classmates. Additionally. they can create a commercial advertising...

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#### Simple Machines

Simple machines and the relationship between work and force are defined. Inclined planes, the wheel and axle, pulleys, levers, wedges, and screws are detailed. This video consists entirely of typed white print appearing across a purple...

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#### Science Review for Grade 3 (3.5)

In this science review for grade 3 (3.5) worksheet, 3rd graders answer 25 multiple choice questions in standardized test format about fossils, simple machines and heat transfer.

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#### Flowing From Here to There

Sixth graders discover how humans modify their environment. They work together to design their own simple machine to transport materials. They record observations and suggest modifications.

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#### Tree House Escape!

Middle schoolers participate in a role play in which they use simple machines to do the work of retrieving their sibling from a tree which lost its ladder. They investigate how work is accomplished when an object moves in the direction...

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#### 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...

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#### Move it! With Simple Machines

Students know the six simple machines and explain what they do and how they have changed the lives of humans.