A fun culminating activity for your unit on Simple Machines. Read the Fintastic Fish-Sitter by Mo O'Hara and challenge your students to construct a "Fishy Protection Zone" using at least 2 simple machines! This STEM Challenge works best when divided into two 45 minute periods. Click preview to view worksheets.
*Simple machines definition review sheet
*Book review sheet that summarizes the main problem in the story and identifies the three booby traps Sami designed to keep out evil vampire kittens. This sheet asks students to identify the simple machines used in the traps.
*Engineering challenge worksheet to help students organize and plan how they will construct their "Fishy Protection Zone"
*Test Out Your Creation worksheet
*Fill in the Blanks conclusion worksheet describing the purpose of simple machines
*Cut outs of the zombie goldfish and evil vampire kitten