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Simple Machines

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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76 pages
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This simple machines unit provides a variety of activities to engage your students in hands-on learning.  It meets the demands of 20th century standards with activities that provide space for communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. 

Here are the concepts covered in this unit:

  • DEFINING SIMPLE MACHINES - Students participate in several activities that promote the understanding of the six simple machines and examples of each.

  • SIMPLE MACHINE STORY SHEETS -- Students will read passages that discuss simple machines found in the real world.  Students will draw 3 examples for each simple machine.

  • STEM CENTERS - Students engage in STEM with center task cards for each simple machine. STEM design worksheet is provided.

  • SCAVENGER HUNT- Students will show their mastery of simple machines in school or at home during a scavenger hunt. Students will list their findings on a recording sheet.

  • MAGAZINE HUNT - Students will look for everyday examples of simple machines in magazines.  Students will cut out and paste their findings in a simple machine book.

  • SIMPLE MACHINE SCENARIOS - Students will determine the simple machine being described based on the clues given.

  • IDENTIFY THE SIMPLE MACHINE - Students will identify the real world objects listed as one of the six simple machines.  (Some items listed are compound machines).

  • ASSESSMENT WITH ANSWER KEY AND STUDY GUIDE - A study guide is provided that matches the simple machines test. An answer key is also provided.

Here is what you will get with this 76 page download

  • 12 Colorful Simple Machines Anchor Charts
  • 12 Activity/Lesson/Center Ideas
  • Simple Machines Task Cards with Recording Sheet and Answer Key 
  • Simple Machines Memory/Matching Game (color and black and white cards provided)
  • Simple Machines Interactive Journal Page
  • 6 Real World Story Passages with Opportunities to Draw 3 Simple Machines on each (color and black and white pages are provided)
  • 6 STEM Center Cards with Materials List (color and black and white cards provided)
  • STEM Design Plan Worksheet
  • Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet for School
  • Scavenger Hunt Recording Sheet for Home
  • Simple Machines Magazine Hunt Booklet
  • Simple Machine Passages with Clues Worksheet and Answer Key
  • Real World Identification of Items as Simple Machines Worksheet and Answer Key
  • Simple Machines Study Guide
  • Simple Machines Test
  • Simple Machines Answer Key

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