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Simple Machine Activity - Marshmallow Launch

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Are you looking for a really fun, engaging way to reinforce the concepts students have learned about simple machines? This activity is a great way for students to put what they know into action. Given limited materials, students are challenged to create a marshmallow launcher.

This packet includes:
-teacher instructions
-a handout with student instructions and a place to record data
-a graphing activity
-exit slip for assessment
-certificate for completing launch

In addition to helping students learn about simple machines and levers, this also is a great group work activity and helps the students build their collaboration skills.

This activity is a student favorite!

**Please do not post my units or activities online unless the website is password protected and for student use only. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you but I am trying to protect my hard work and intellectual property. Thank you for your understanding.**
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9
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Teaching Duration
2 Days

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Now this looks like an awesome well-planned learning experience! I love it! My students will love it, also! Thank you for sharing!
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So excited to see my kids engage in a science activity that will be meaningful to them.
On  October 15, 2012Jennifer Maschari answered:
I am excited as well! I hope that they enjoy learning about simple machine through this investigation! :)
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On  April 22, 2014Sambat Ung (TpT Seller) said:
A resource that is easy for the teacher and students to understand. The lesson is clear and well thought out and bonus, super cute!
On  April 22, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Thank you so much! I am so glad you found it clear and well thought out. I agree - the graphics are SO cute! :)
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On  April 14, 2014,  Lynn O. said:
Great addition to my curriculum!
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On  April 14, 2014,  Buyer said:
So much fun. Kids had a blast building there levers.
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Launching marshmallows is so much fun. Glad you guys had a blast!
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My students had so much fun completing this activity. It was a great way to determine how much they had learned about simple machines. They were able to apply their knowledge to make the catapult. In addition, they used their math skills to complete their graphs.
On  April 11, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Hooray! I am so glad this allowed them to demonstrate an application level of knowledge! :)
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My kids loved it!!
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Wonderful, Carina! :)
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Awesome Resource!
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Appreciate the feedback, Chelsie! :)
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Nice!
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On  March 26, 2014,  Michaela T. said:
GREAT Resource! It would be nice to have some sample pictures of things your students have made included in the packet. But a great resource regardless! My students loved this activity!
On  March 26, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Thanks for your thoughtful feedback! I will definitely consider adding some pictures to this packet! :)
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This activity was AWESOME!! My students LOVED making these!!
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On  March 21, 2014,  Theresa W. said:
Great compliment to my Simple Machines unit!
On  March 25, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
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On  March 19, 2014,  Kerry K. said:
I love this and plan on applying more depth and complexity to the lesson.
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Awesome Kerry - glad you could mold it to your own students and needs!
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On  March 17, 2014,  Buyer said:
My students thought this was the best thing in the world! I will use this every year!!
On  March 25, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Wonderful! There is nothing like launching marshmallows to build some science fun!
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My students are excited about this lesson!
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Whoo hooo! :)
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Great
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On  March 9, 2014,  Angela J. said:
I'm as excited as the students to try this out.
On  March 9, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Thank you so much, Angela! I hope you all enjoy it. :)
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On  March 9, 2014Angela Ferrone (TpT Seller) said:
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Hooray! Thrilled to hear this was perfect for your STEM class!
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On  March 8, 2014,  Buyer said:
Fun! Can't wait to have students build these!
On  March 9, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Fantastic! I hope they love building the launchers.
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My Year 5 and 6 students are looking forward to this fun design activity as the perfect culmination to another tpt study of potential and kinetic energy ('Screamin Roller Coasters' by Lovin Lit). I like the way your recording activities have been planned for meeting the requirements of "working scientifically" in Australian schools. Big Thanks.
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Thank you so much Kathryn! It is such a thrill for me to know that my products are being used around the world. :)
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On  March 5, 2014,  Safiya M. said:
Students and I LOVED this activity!! They were very engaged and became extremely creative and competitive!! Will use this again next year!
On  March 5, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Thank you so much, Safiya! I am so thrilled they had fun and were so engaged. :)
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My students loved this activity!
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Hooray! Thank you! :)
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On  February 27, 2014,  Buyer said:
Well done! My students will love this! Thanks!
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Thank you :) I hope they love it. :)
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Sure thing!
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Love, Love it!
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I think my students will enjoy this activity
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I hope so as well. :)
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Quick and easy to use.
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Great to hear. :)
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On  January 28, 2014,  Buyer said:
So looking forward to using this.
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Have fun with it! :)
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On  January 23, 2014Denise Dickinson (TpT Seller) said:
Can't wait to do this!
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Awesome! I hope you are your students enjoy it. :)
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so much fun!!
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On  January 22, 2014,  Buyer said:
This is a great activity to use after simple machines/forces and motion. Kids are able to apply their knowledge!
On  January 22, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Fantastic! Thank you!
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Great resource - thank you!!
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You're so welcome!
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On  January 13, 2014Gems (TpT Seller) said:
My kids had a great time with this activity. I had total engagement!
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Yay! So glad they were into it! :)
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On  January 10, 2014,  Buyer said:
What a great way for students to have some fun with all the concepts they have been learning about. I love how organized it is too. Thank you!
On  January 10, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Yes! Fun with simple/compound machines. I am so glad you think it is organized as well. I appreciate your feedback! :)
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On  January 6, 2014,  Megan M. said:
used this right before holiday break
On  January 6, 2014Jennifer Maschari answered:
Perfect! A great way to keep them active and engaged. :)
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Super fun and engaging.
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Glad you and your scientists had fun! :)
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On  January 3, 2014,  Buyer said:
My kids are excited about it!
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Awesome! Launching marshmallows is the best! :) Thanks for the feedback.
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On  December 31, 2013,  Buyer said:
Thank you!
On  December 31, 2013Jennifer Maschari answered:
You're very welcome. :) Hope your scientists enjoy it!
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On  December 29, 2013Thrilled in Third Grade (TpT Seller) said:
Looks fun! Can't wait to do this with my students :-)
On  December 29, 2013Jennifer Maschari answered:
My students always had a blast with it! Thanks for the feedback. :)
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On  December 28, 2013,  Kathryn H. said:
Awesome fun for my students!
On  December 29, 2013Jennifer Maschari answered:
Awesome! Thank you for your feedback!
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On  December 25, 2013,  Jennifer L. said:
Great hands on lesson
On  December 26, 2013Jennifer Maschari answered:
Thank you!
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On  December 14, 2013,  Buyer said:
Thank you for your hard work.
On  December 15, 2013Jennifer Maschari answered:
You are very welcome! Thank you for your purchase and feedback. :)
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On  December 14, 2013,  Allison C. said:
Great activity!
On  December 14, 2013Jennifer Maschari answered:
Thank you so much! :)
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On  December 13, 2013,  Buyer said:
Hope to use this next week, which is the week before Christmas. It will be nice to have a hands-on that keeps them busy and engaged when it is difficult to get true learning in!
On  December 13, 2013Jennifer Maschari answered:
Hope it keeps your scientists having fun and learning!
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On  December 10, 2013Charity Boren (TpT Seller) said:
Hope to use sometime!
On  December 10, 2013Jennifer Maschari answered:
I hope you and your students get to use it as well. They always have a blast and there are great math/science connections!
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On  July 31, 2013Tyler Swatek Carbone (TpT Seller) asked:
Are they building catapults?
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On  July 31, 2013Jennifer Maschari answered:
Yes, they are essentially building catapults. However, I have had students who have found other solutions to the "problem" as well.
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On  February 19, 2012,  Buyer asked:
How many pages altogether?
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On  February 19, 2012Jennifer Maschari answered:
Hi! There are 9 pages all together. Here is the breakdown:
Cover - 1 page
Teacher directives - 1 page
Student Info + record sheet - 2 pages
Graphing activity - 2 pages
Exit slip - 1 page
Marshmallow launch certificate - 1 page
Credits - 1 page

I hope this is helpful! Let me know if you have any additional questions! :)
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Simple Machine Activity - Marshmallow Launch
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Simple Machine Activity - Marshmallow Launch
Simple Machine Activity - Marshmallow Launch