Simple Machines

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Stretch, twitch, and jerk with a simple machines science activity. Three distinct exercises to explore pulleys, levers, gears, and how they are used daily in our world.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a fourth workstation involving simple machines
  • Make a vocabulary chart to list the different types of pulleys and simple machines 
  • Watch a video clip of Tour de France, noting how cyclists control the gears of the bicycles and the difference in the gears, also look for different sizes of wheels and axles and hold a discussion if this makes a differnce in speed
Classroom Considerations
  • Follow precautions listed on the resource with these experiments; they can be dangerous
  • Donations for materials can be from school, a local hardware store, or home
  • Middle schoolers might be more adventurous with pulleys, teacher will need to moderate behavior
  • Step-by-step instructions, script, photos, PowerPoint, and creative ideas included
  • Created for elementary and middle schoolers
  • Objectives clearly stated 
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