Simple Machines Lab Notebook

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1st - 2nd
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39 pages
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6 Engaging and Easy Experiments that make implementing Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards easy and fun for busy K-2 teachers.

Next Gen Science: Engineering Design, Observing Processes, Evaluating Results, Creating Drawing/Sketches of Application

Common Core Math: Measurements and evaluating data

Common Core ELA: Lab Write-ups, written evaluations of results, reading and implementing experiment instructions

Simple Machines Lab Notebook teaches students how to think and act like scientists. Engaging and easy to do, the text contains 6 experiments that let students evaluate how simple machines make our world easier. The activities are designed to let students of many skill levels meet or exceed the Common Core Standards. Experiments include inclined planes, wedges, screws, levers, wheels/axles, and pulleys. The lab notebook accommodates students of many skill levels, as it walks young students through the scientific process. They perform the experiment, observe the effects of their efforts, evaluate the results and then port that information to the world around them. Embedded within the experiments are several math concepts including proportion, data analysis and a little geometry. The experiments inspired lots of discussion inside and outside the classroom. This unit is the adapted version of the book available on Amazon. Sample of student work is also available. The kids loved the book because the science was real and how much of their own work was in the book.

Copyright license is per classroom. Please feel free to put the book on any digital device in your classroom. The teacher's best practices guide is available free on this site.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.


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