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Rube Goldberg and the Meaning of Machines

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A Rube Goldberg machine does not really look like it would make work easier. Introduce your class to Rube Goldberg with a resource that shows how his inventions make simple tasks harder to complete. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Research some of the other Rube Goldberg cartoons and have the class identify the simple machines
  • Divide the class into groups and have them draw a compound machine that uses all six simple machines
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity assumes pupils have an understanding of the six simple machines
  • The ninth in a 10-part series
  • The plan comes with a graphic to explain a Rube Goldberg machine
  • The resource includes assessments 
  • The lesson plan does not spell out the instructional method