Elementary Science:
Online, Interactive, Standards-Based

Simple Machines

Students are fascinated with tools and machines. In the Simple Machines module, students see examples of how simple machines can make work easier by reducing the force needed to move an object over a distance. Then, students use interactive activities to experiment with these simple machines: lever, pulley, wheel and axle, wedge, screw, and inclined plane. Hands-on activities are also available to give students actual experience with simple machines. By the end of this module, students will know just how to identify the correct amount of force needed to move an object!

Teachers can expect a lot of support in the form of professional development, which will help when preparing, delivering the material and answering questions. Printable teacher guides allow you to expand on the online material and further student understanding of the different Simple Machines. These teacher guides include hands-on activities, discussion questions and more.

Teacher Lessons pave the way for a productive lesson. You’ll find all kinds of information specific to Simple Machines, such as best practices, content background, vocabulary extensions and more. One best practice for teaching Simple Machines that allows students to get hands-on is to have them experiment with a lever at snack time. Provide each student with a spoon and a scoopable food. Encourage students to notice the “bar”, the handle, of the spoon and the “fulcrum” the place where the spoon pivots.

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