Simple Machines STEM | Carnival Attraction | Wheels and Levers

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Description

This STEM task helps your students develop problem-solving skills while demonstrating knowledge of pulleys, levers, wedges, screws, inclined planes, wheels, and axles. Students design a carnival attraction using different simple machines. It is the perfect design thinking or project-based learning activity to assess what students have learned. You'll get hours of engaged learning for just a few minutes of prep.

This hands-on product includes:

  • project instructions with a step-by-step guide to getting started.
  • project-based learning tips and tricks.
  • student task sign-up sheet.
  • planning pages for individuals or groups (so you can differentiate).
  • checklists to keep students on track (no pun intended).
  • assessment pages along with student reflection opportunities.
  • photographs of student examples.
  • advice from our students.
  • marking guides.

Students should have a basic understanding of the different simple machines. This activity was designed and tested with fourth graders. Thank you to our guinea pigs all over Alberta. The engagement was through the roof and teachers praised the project for its connections to 21st-century learning competencies.

Suggested Materials: grooved wheels (spools or bobbins, 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!

This product aligns with:

  • the Alberta Program of Studies Grade 4 Science (Wheels and Levers and Building Devices That Move)

This product supports science concepts from these provinces and territories:

  • Saskatchewan: FM5.1 Analyze the effects of...mechanical forces... Grade 4
  • British Columbia and Yukon Territory: Simple Machines and their Forces Grade 5
  • Northwest Territories: Pulleys and Gears Grade 4
  • Manitoba: Forces and Simple Machines Grade 5
  • any upper elementary or middle school science unit about simple machines

Do you teach science in Alberta? We have science units for you!

Ninja Note: This is a messy hands-on project, but it is lots of fun and learning. It's worth the messy investment.

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What our customers have said about this product:

***I LOVED this!! It was so much fun for my students and they took so much pride with the project!! (Thank Marie W!)

***A great project! Students were engaged and loved it! (Thanks Kerri M!)

Thank you for your consideration! Happy building from the Brain Ninjas!

Total Pages
26 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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