Simple Machines Project {Science, Writing, and Art}

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2nd, 3rd, 4th
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This differentiated science and writing project is a fun and meaningful way to assess understanding of your study of simple machines. In this project, students will create a time travel machine that includes at least three simple machines. Students will draw the machine, label the parts, and write about a time they would like to travel back (or forward) to. Some students may choose to write about a personal experience they’d like to go back to, while others may decide to travel to the future! This is a wonderful opportunity to integrate writing with science.

This resource includes:
♥ lesson plans
♥ simple machines anchor chart- includes lever, wheel and axle, inclined plane, pulley, wedge, and screw
♥ planning and project pages
♥ differentiated project choices
♥ grading rubrics
♥ example of completed project

You can finish this activity in one to three class periods, depending on the time you have available. I have included a suggested lesson plan sequence for two days. Each student begins with a planning page. Completing the planning page will help students do the design work of creating their time machine and will allow you to assess understanding before beginning the final project.

The final project choices are differentiated. The first option has room for the completed time machine and paragraph all on one page. For the second option, students draw their time machine on a full-size sheet of paper. The paragraph can be written on notebook paper or typed on the computer. This allows for more room depending on the amount of information you want students to include. Option three allows students to use an interactive whiteboard app to label and explain the machine. You can choose whether to have students write a paragraph in addition to using the app. This project choice would work well for students who have difficulty with writing but could explain their project. Grading rubrics are included for all three choices.

Please check the preview to see everything that is included!

Thank you!
-The Knitted Apple
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17
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Teaching Duration
90 Minutes

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Simple Machines Project {Science, Writing, and Art}
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Simple Machines Project {Science, Writing, and Art}
Simple Machines Project {Science, Writing, and Art}
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