Simple machines debate is a fun activity that addresses student’s curiosity. The debate will enable students to work cooperatively, brainstorm ideas, develop vocabulary and read to support their opinions. Students will need to conduct research, take notes to summarize, to question, and to clarify information. They will identify main ideas, eliminate less important information, classify, and label information. The activity will allow students to explain and to explore additional facts for clarification purposes. The teacher is still in charge and will call for order during the debate.
Demonstrate the effect of simple machines (lever, inclined plane, pulley, wedge, screw, and wheel and axle) on work.
Habit of mind
Observe and explain how parts can be related to other parts in a system such as the role of simple machines in complex machines.
Reading in Science
• Explore life experiences related to subject area content.
• Discuss in both writing and speaking how certain words are subject area related.