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Simple Machine Lesson Plans
A simple machine is a device used to assist people in getting work done faster and easier. Scientifically, work is known as using force upon an object in order to transport it to a new location. Pushing, pulling, and lifting are all common forms of work. Simple machines can used to simplify these actions, making it easier for the laborer to complete the task.
Pulleys, levers, wedges, screws, wheels and axles, and inclined planes are all examples of simple machines. They can all help people do work in some form. For example, a gardener must remove the weeds from his garden on a regular basis. He could use his bare hands, but using a shovel, a lever tool, will allow the job to be done with less effort. In another example, inclined planes are useful in helping movers load furniture into trucks. By using a ramp, they are able to roll the large items into the truck on wheels rather than lift them.
Here is a list of links to lesson plans and resources for teaching students about simple machines.
- Simple Machine Terms – An article containing the definitions of of the six simple machines.
- Simple Machines Learning Site – A list of the various simple machines, offering a quiz that can be used to assess students on their knowledge of the topic.
- Simple Machine Lesson Plans and Activities – A short list of activities and experiments regarding simple machines.
- Edheads Simple Machines – An interactive website featuring information, quizzes, and activities to learn about simple machines. Also includes a teacher’s guide and supplemental resources for classroom use.
- Simple Machine Unit - A multidisciplinary set of printable work sheets and lesson plans.
- Investigate and Report on Simple Machines – Student activity involving locating simple machines in use in the home or at school, and reporting the findings.
- Move It! With Simple Machines – Lesson plan featuring simple machines and the impact they have made on people’s lives.
- Inventor’s Workshop – Website containing information on the complex machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci. Provides links to classroom activities.
- Simple Machines Unit – A five lesson plan unit designed for third grade students. Includes an overview and information on what students are expected to learn within the unit.
- Moving Along with Simple Machines – A 5 day, integrated unit encompassing multiple subjects while studying the use of simple machines.
- Simple Machines Overview – A brief overview on lessons available when teaching simple machines.
- Series of Experiments on Simple Machines – A list of experiments that can be used with various simple machines.
- Machines in Action – A worksheet that allows students to identify simple machines within their surroundings.
- Simple Machine Information – A chart containing information on each simple machine, as well as links to pictures and activities.
- Simple Machines: Beginner – List of resources which explore simple machines. Most links are for teachers of third to fifth grade.
- Simple Machines Thematic Unit – Extensive list of resources for teaching simple machines. Includes lesson plans, supplemental reading, coloring pages, and printables.
- Activities for Teachers – Activities related to the concepts of simple machines that spread over a variety of grade levels.
- Goldburger to Go! – An interactive activity that allows the use of several simple machines.
- Simple Machines Activity – Lesson plan of activities related to each of the simple machines. Activities can be adapted to fit any grade level.
- Physics Around the School: Simple Machines In and Out of the Classroom – A cumulative unit of simple machines. Includes bibliographies and online resources.