No Prep Work & Simple Machines PowerPoint Interactive Notebook foldable QR KWL

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This full no prep lesson introduces the physics concept of work, how to calculate work, simple machines, compound machines, levers, the three classes of levers, screw, inclined plane, pulley, wedge, and wheel and axle.

Lesson includes a 79 slide PowerPoint converted to PDF. The PDF conversion allows you to use the lesson on any machine that can view a PDF, not just those with PowerPoint. This allows for technology integration and makes it easy for students to view the presentation on iPads and work at their own pace! PDF also makes sure the original design and fonts stay in tact when moving from machine to machine which can sometimes be a challenge with PowerPoint. Presentation includes definitions, practice calculations, an engaging embedded video, and lots of fun graphics. Video is embedded and part of the lesson, you DO NOT need the internet or access to YouTube for it to work!

You also get a 5 page guided notes student foldable, a unit quiz (both on-level and modified versions) with full teacher key, a KWL chart, and a set of three QR codes that takes students to fun videos covering work and simple machines. You also get additional teaching tips, links to video clips that support the material, link to a simple machines game, and free downloads of the fonts used to create the lesson! The fonts are 100% free public domain and you can use them for any purpose, even creating TPT lessons you plan to sell!

In addition I included a short, editable PowerPoint template if you want to create additional slides to meet needs specific to your students.

This lesson was created for upper elementary and middle school students and is a great general physics and simple machines introduction.

This lesson is complete and ready to teach today! All you need to do is make photocopies of the foldables!

This lesson covers both common core concepts as well as Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. Highly engaging, high level thinking activities make this lesson great as introduction or a fun review for standardized testing. Concepts covered include work and the associated calculations, and the six most common simple machines. Approximately three to four class periods in length. As a point of reference I teach a 50 minute class and generally complete the lesson, the notes foldable, and the unit quiz three days. I typically use the QR code activity as homework, but if I did it in class the unit would take approximately 4 days.

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Common Core Standards addressed in this lesson:


Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.

This standard is met when students follow instructions to complete a practice physics (work) calculation. This standard is further met when students follow instructions to complete the notes foldable.


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.

This standard is met when students use key terms and information from story based problems to solve problems on the unit quiz.


Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).

This standard is met when students analyze work and then use that information to interpret a visual representation of those answers in the form of concluding which weightlifter did more work.

For my fellow Texans:

This lab addresses the following Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science and math

Science TEKS

7.2 C
(C) collect and record data using the International System of Units (SI) and qualitative means such as labeled drawings, writing, and graphic organizers

This standard is met when students analyze the work acting on an object and then using that information to calculate work, this standard is further met when students complete guided notes that include graphics and short answer writing assignments.

7.2 E
(E) analyze data to formulate reasonable explanations, communicate valid conclusions supported by the data, and predict trends.

This standard is met when students analyze the basic simple machines then identify and explain the type of simple machine observed in a real life situation (such as a doorknob representing a wheel and axle).


(1) Mathematical process standards. The student uses mathematical processes to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding. The student is expected to:
(B) use a problem-solving model that incorporates analyzing given information, formulating a plan or strategy, determining a solution, justifying the solution, and evaluating the problem-solving process and the reasonableness of the solution.

This standard is met when students analyze information given in the form of a story problem, then use that data to determine a solution to the problem.

7.3 B
(B) apply and extend previous understandings of operations to solve problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers.

This standard is met when students use previous knowledge to determine work calculations .

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No Prep Work & Simple Machines PowerPoint Interactive Note