This curriculum guide is meant to accompany the Rube Goldberg Machine Speed-Build Trunk and provide a frame work to understanding simple machines. It is purposefully written to be adaptable to almost any grade level, ability or background. The standards used in guidance of creating this curriculum are the Next Generation Science Standards (http://www.nextgenscience.org/).
The Learning Outcomes this curriculum will provide are:
1. Understand the basic simple machines.
2. Evaluate the mechanical advantage of simple machines.
3. Design simple and compound machines.
These lessons are meant to be used in conjunction with, not in replacement of, the current simple machine curriculum that your school is using. These lessons can be used in succession, separately or in any order that is appropriate for your school. These are meant to be used in Science classrooms, but are cross-curricular to include writing components.
Time requirements have specifically been left off the following lesson plans as we understand every school has a different schedule and each teacher knows their students best. We estimate that Lessons 1 and 2 are approximately one class period long, while Lessons 3 through 8 could be two or more class periods long.
There may be some materials that will need to be sourced outside of the Rube Goldberg Machine Speed-Build Trunk. Please see the included Resources for colorized images of cartoons, worksheets and links to videos.