Simple Machines Make Work Easier

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31 Ratings
Empowering Learners
Grade Levels
PreK - 2nd
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40 pages
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A high concept, low level engaging text that makes implementing Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards easy for busy K-2 teachers. Real world pictures and applications.

This engaging and informative text integrates math, science and nonfiction literacy in a way that helps students develop successful learning strategies. Designed by teachers for teachers, the text can accommodate multiple skill levels and provides ways for students to check their own understanding of the material. The text was developed and tested in an elementary school classroom with a goal to be kid friendly and teacher friendly. Many of the themes blend the standards and allow students to see how each discipline plays a role in the others.

Standards implemented:

Next Generation Science: Engineering Design, including science practices.

Common Core Math: Algebraic thinking, Geometry applications - how the shape of a tool can affect its uses, measurement, data analysis.

Common Core ELA: Informative Text, includes glossary, table of contents in a kid friendly way, lots of new vocabulary words

Helps students ask great questions and learn about how simple machines answers those questions. Simple Machines helps students understand how science can be found in our everyday world. This text helps students learn how to recognize and apply simple machines in the world around them. The text reviews inclined planes, wedges, levers, screws, pulleys and wheels and axles. Activities are embedded within the book.

The teachers guide is available free on this site along with several printables including a kid-friendly version of the scientific process. The printables can easily be made into 11x17 posters at the local copy store. (Just copy them onto glossy paper, it's usually only a couple dollars.)

This file is a modified electronic version of the book available on Amazon. This pdf format is designed to allow teachers to print pages as they need them or view electronically on almost any digital device.

Copyright guidelines is per classroom which allows purchasers to print as many copies as they need for their classroom and to put the file on any computer or digital device in their classrooms.
Total Pages
40 pages
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With prompting and support, identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.


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