Simple Machines STEM Challenge

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2nd, 3rd, 4th
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Students will apply their understanding of inclined planes in this STEM Challenge. Graphic Organizers, Writing Prompts with rubric, and Informal Assessment will enhance your simple machines unit.

Inclined Plane STEM Challenge:
• This project can easily be done at home or school.
• Two versions of the directions are included- one with a spot for a due date, and one without.
• Students are given a scenario in which they are challenged to design an inclined plane to serve as a tennis ball, ball return for a kids tennis league. They will create a brochure outlining their product to explain how their machine works in hopes of persuading the league to choose theirs.
• Students will test their products with the class and measure the length a tennis ball travels.
• Grading Rubric Included

Frayer Model Graphic Organizers:
• 6 graphic organizers are included to use during lessons.

Triple Venn-Diagrams:
• Students will use their understanding to compare 3 simple machines. (2 Versions)

3-2-1 Informal Assessment:
• These can be used with any of the 6 simple machines as a quick way to assess student understanding.
• I like to use it as a “Ticket out the door.”

Constructed Response Writing Prompts:
• Students will draw on their knowledge of different simple machines to explain how they work together to create a compound machine. (2 Versions)
• Grading Rubric Included

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Total Pages
15
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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Simple Machines STEM Challenge
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