Simple Machines Design a Carnival Attraction

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4th, 5th, 6th
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Use this STEM/STEAM task to help your students develop problem solving skills while demonstrating their knowledge of pulleys, levers, wedges, screws, inclined planes and wheels & axles. Students are asked to design a carnival attraction using the different simple machines. This is the perfect design thinking or project based learning activity to assess what students have learned.

Planning pages for individuals or groups are included along with assessment pages and marking guides.

Students should have basic understandings of simple machines. They were designed and tested with fourth graders. Thank you to our guinea pigs all over Alberta. Engagement was through the roof and teachers praised the project for its connections to 21st century learning competencies.

Suggested materials for completing these tasks are: grooved wheels, yarn or string, cardboard, chopsticks, straws, stir sticks, bottle caps, lids, bottle caps, glue sticks, hot glue/glue gun, tape, paper clips, metal fasteners, 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 examples of some of the pages.

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25
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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Simple Machines Design a Carnival Attraction
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Simple Machines Design a Carnival Attraction
Simple Machines Design a Carnival Attraction
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