Simple Machines: Take a Load Off

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How does using a tool affect the amount of energy required to do work? is the driving question of an inquiry based lesson that guides scholars through the investigation of how energy relates to the purpose of different simple machines. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • To save time and money, ask parents and guardians to help gather materials needed for the lesson 
  • Flip your classroom; send activity links home so scholars can visit the website on their personal computer or mobile learning device
  • Display completed bar graphs alongside simple machines and call on groups to share their findings  
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource is the tenth of 14 in a series of STEM lesson plans
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The lesson plan is clear and written in detail
  • Notes from the author provide advice from his personal experience conducting the lesson 
  • Multiple options to get the lesson started are provided 
  • Beware of broken links 
Common Core