Can a Mouse Lift an Elephant?

Read Just a Little Bit, by Ann Tompert as an introduction to levers. Discuss playground seesaws and then turn learners loose to experiment with the placement of a fulcrum. Their goal is to determine where to place it in order to lift ten pounds. Cross curricular activities are suggested, including the graphing of the data collected. This is a terrific activity to use when teaching about simple machines. 

4th - 6th Science 19 Views 45 Downloads
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Inquiry-Based Learning
Scientific Equipment
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