RAMPAGE! Discover Ramps and Simple Machines with the 5E Learning Cycle!

RAMPAGE! Discover Ramps and Simple Machines with the 5E Learning Cycle!
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Guide students through a fun and engaging lesson about ramps using the 5E Learning Cycle! This activity would be an ideal, low-prep introduction to simple machines.

This activity guides students through each step of the 5E Learning Cycle.

  1. Engage: Students will watch a video clip of the X Games Mega Ramp competition and record initial thoughts and predictions about how ramps work.
  2. Explore: Students will use teacher-selected materials (textbooks, folders, etc.) to engineer three ramps. They will record the distance that a ball rolls down the ramp when the ramp sits at three different angles.
  3. Explain: Students will explain their observations in their own words. Then, they'll watch a short video clip that explains ramps, slopes, and simple machines in simple terms. They will then practice using these new terms in a fill-in-the-blank activity.
  4. Elaborate: Students will complete a top hat graphic organizer about slope on the Mega Ramp versus slope on their own ramps.
  5. Evaluate: Students will explain what they learned and refine their thoughts about how slope can affect the way objects move up and down ramps.

Added bonuses (the educational equivalent of snagging a wedding dress with pockets):

  • Two-sided Worksheet: No stapling or collating required!
  • Measurement Practice: Students will need to measure the distance a ball travels and the angle of their ramps
  • S.T.E.A.M.: Students will engineer their own ramps to explore the effect of varying slopes
Log in to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Measure angles in whole-number degrees using a protractor. Sketch angles of specified measure.
An angle that turns through 𝘯 one-degree angles is said to have an angle measure of 𝘯 degrees.
An angle is measured with reference to a circle with its center at the common endpoint of the rays, by considering the fraction of the circular arc between the points where the two rays intersect the circle. An angle that turns through 1/360 of a circle is called a “one-degree angle,” and can be used to measure angles.
Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed wherever two rays share a common endpoint, and understand concepts of angle measurement:
Total Pages
2 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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