Simple Machines, Ben Franklin and the Technology of the 1700s

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Benjamin Franklin was an inventor, and he was fascinated by the mechanics of machinery. Using a fun exploration, pupils examine simple machines from the pre-Industrial era. Then, they must identify and build their own using common objects.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners construct simple machines based on historical examples
Classroom Considerations

  • Part of a collection of lessons exploring the life of Ben Franklin
  • Lesson requires prep work, including gathering items to use for construction of simple machines
Pros

  • Activities are hands-on and engaging for learners of all types
  • Lesson has real-world applications
  • Resource allows for extension into history through interdisciplinary activity
Cons

  • Not all links on resource work, making teacher research necessary