This simple machine bundle includes 5 centers//activities you can implement within your simple machine unit.
Please note that four of these products are listed in my store as individual items. However, they are offered at a discounted price in this bundle.
Activity 1- Simple Machines Invention project
Students are creating their very own simple machine invention. The catch is they only have a certain amount of supplies. This project allows students to express their creativity by applying what they know in math and science. I show students the supply cost and then tell them these are the supplies they are able to use. If you don’t happen to have these supplies, I attached a blank copy for you to add in your own supplies. Please check out to see which supplies I included.
Once students create their own invention they will need to complete the handout answering some questions about their invention. From there, they will figure out the cost of their project. If you want to make it interesting you could say they only have $3 to spend or another amount. Then, they will calculate the total cost by completing the chart.
Students will then choose a project from the menu to advertise their unique invention
Activity 2- Simple Machines Sort
There are two different options included in this sort.
Option 1- Sort It Out
Students can partner up and sort out the 36 simple machine cards. I included half pictures and half words. You could also have students work on this sort individually. I like to use this approach as an informal assessment, which allows me to see which students need extra help identifying simple machines.
Option 2- Sort It Out: Cut & Paste
Students will cut out 18 simple machine pictures and glue them under the correct category. These are the same pictures used with the game, so you could use this as a review another day. Or some students may prefer cutting and pasting instead of just sorting.
Activity 3- Simple Machine Fortune Teller
This is a fun way for students to review simple machine vocabulary! My students love to make these fortune tellers, so why not integrate it with our simple machine unit?
There are three different fortune teller organizers. The first one has the terms and definitions filled in. The next two are missing parts of the organizer. I like to give these to my students towards the beginning of a unit; that way they can start practicing the vocabulary early on.
You could use this fortune teller as a vocabulary activity, science center, partner activity, morning work, or extra practice.
I also included student directions for constructing and playing with the fortune tellers. However, most students probably already know how to work this organizer.
Wheel & Axle
Activity 4- Simple Machines Task Cards
Included in this packet are 28 task cards, which require students to identify the different simple machines. I've included a recording sheet and answer sheet. There are several ways you can utilize these cards:
1) Scoot- Students are able to get up and moving by answering all 28 cards somewhere around the room.
2) Small groups- My students have enjoyed working in teams to answer the task cards. It makes a fun and easy challenge!
3) Independent work- You can laminate the cards and pull students aside and have them answer the task cards. This strategy helps me identify those that may need extra support.
Activity 5- Simple Machine Mini Booklet
This simple machine book contains 11 mini pages which cover the simple machines, compound machines, force, and motion. Each page includes a kid-friendly definition, visuals, and a question that requires students to make connections to simple machines.
I tried to make this copy friendly, which is why I put 4 book pages on each copy page. Therefore, you will have to make copies of 3 pages.
I like to use this when introducing simple machines since it gives a good basic explanation of each machine. We also store these in our interactive notebooks for easy reference. You could also use this as a review before an assessment.
Thank you! :)