Simple Machines Critical Thinking Challenges

Simple Machines Critical Thinking Challenges
Simple Machines Critical Thinking Challenges
Simple Machines Critical Thinking Challenges
Simple Machines Critical Thinking Challenges
Simple Machines Critical Thinking Challenges
Simple Machines Critical Thinking Challenges
Simple Machines Critical Thinking Challenges
Simple Machines Critical Thinking Challenges
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Use these fifteen STEM/STEAM tasks to help your students develop problem solving skills while demonstrating their knowledge of pulleys, levers, wedges, screws, inclined planes and wheels & axles. Suggestions for setting up your classroom, modifying for different learner needs and ways to assess learning are included.

Answer keys are not included, as the whole point of these types of challenges is to work through problems with divergent thinking. We have included suggestions to help save your sanity. A task card for each challenge is included as well as a teacher page.

Students should have basic understandings of vocabulary from the unit to complete the majority of these challenges. They were designed and tested with fourth graders. Thank you to our guinea pigs all over Alberta.

Suggested materials for completing these tasks are: grooved wheels, yarn or string, a rod or hook in a doorway, cardboard, chopsticks, straws, stir sticks, bottle caps, lids, bottle caps, glue sticks, hot glue/glue gun, tape, paper clips, metal fasters, cylindrical shaped objects all of the same size, wooden stir sticks, elastic bands, scrap paper, strong scissors, cardboard rolls (paper towel rolls), binders, boxes, something to roll up and down the ramp (eg. a toy car), marshmallows, toothpicks and any other recycled materials you can find!

These activities align with the Alberta Program of Studies-Grade 4 Science (Wheels and Levers or Building Devices that Move), but are broad enough to be used with any basic simple machines unit. Please check the preview for the Table of Contents as it lists the specific challenges.

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48 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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