Unit Plan

Simple Machines: Force and Motion

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Get things moving with this elementary science unit on simple machines. Through a series of nine lessons including teacher demonstrations, hands-on activities, and science experiments, young scientists learn about forces, motion, and different types of simple machines.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use this resource as the basis for a physical science unit on forces and motion
  • When introducing each simple machine, present students with a physical example and have them brainstorm ways it can be used to do work
  • Allow for collaboration by performing some of the activities and experiments in pairs or small groups
Classroom Considerations
  • Includes a lessons that involved shared readings of different children's books, which may be found in your school or local public library
  • Lessons require a variety of items not typically found in the classroom, so plan ahead and start gathering the materials well in advance
  • Each lesson offers clear learning objectives and step-by-step procedures
  • Provides extension activities and homework assignments for each lesson
  • Includes cross-curricular lessons that bring together the subjects of science, English language arts, math, physical education, and visual arts
  • Real-life images are included as examples of different simple machines
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