The labs for the Simple Machies were created to teach students from K – 8 about how simple machines work and how they decrease work. This zip file includes the labs for “Coin Pull”, “Golden Lever”, “Hand Crank”, “Mallow-Pult”, "The Class Pulley" and “Will It Lift”. Also, there are handouts designed especially for younger readers with simple, easy-to-follow directions and separate handouts for parents/teachers, with an explanation, the science standard met (based on the California State Science Standards) and directions for how to complete the lab. Included are also the information and materials (sheets, breakdown) to create tri-fold display boards for each of these labs. The display boards make a fun and interesting classroom display. Each of the experiments can also be purchased separately.
I use these labs in my high school classroom as a refresher for my physics students and to scaffold more intricate information.
*Each lab takes approximately 45 minutes*
*The individual labs DO NOT offer the additional materials of the tri-fold display board materials. These are only found in the “group” purchase”