Study Jams! Simple Machines

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Here is a tri-faceted resource that has a slide show, a quiz, and a vocabulary list that you can use to teach simple machines. Six machines are introduced: wheels and axles, planes, levers, pulleys, wedges, and screws. Slides contain photos of people using the simple machines in a variety of interesting situations. Explanations are printed beneath each slide.

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Classroom Considerations

  • 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
Pros

  • Hip instrumental music and moving slides draw interest to the quality photographs 
  • Option to turn music off or print out the slides as a handout
  • An interactive quiz and vocabulary definitions are available on the website
Cons

  • A very minor problem to note: axle is misspelled on the main page introduction