The students read a simple book about the simple machines and the variety of uses for each. The website takes the simple machines and creates a big machine. The students are then required to make a blueprint of their own Rube Goldberg machine. In this think tank box, I included photos of machines so they can get ideas of what is expected of them.
I created this Think Tank for intervention time. While I am meeting with small groups, the students that don't need extra tutoring are working on Think Tanks. They can be done in groups or alone. If they are working in groups, each part of the lesson specifically states the expectations. Every Think Tank lesson has 5 parts to it: read, write, create, extend and I'm done.
I hope you enjoy the lesson and I hope it allows your students that don't need intervention that brain enrichment that they need/desire.
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