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Simple Machines - Students will love you for providing them with a hands-on experience when learning about Simple Machines.
The simple machines station lab is a plug and play unit that is meant to accompany my FREE Kesler Science Station Lab Series. Download that start-up guide to learn more about how to use it in the classroom.
In this unit the students will learn the 6 simple machines: lever, pulley, incline plane, wheel & axle, screw, wedge. They will also investigate how inclined planes and pulleys can be used to change the amount of force to move an object.
There are 8 total stations for the station lab (plus 2 signs for break stations if needed). Each station includes all of the signage, literature, resources, and task cards for the students to complete them independently or with a group. The simple machines lab will also require a few laboratory items that you likely already have in your lab for the Explore It! station.
Explore It! – This station will be a hands-on demo or experiment that allows the student to connect the information through the application of simple machines
Illustrate It! – This station allows the student to sketch or draw out the concept that they are learning. This allows for better recall and retention of new information.
Read It! – At this station students will find a short passage relevant to the types of levers and have to answer 3-4 multiple choice questions about the reading. There are two reading passages: an on-level version and a modified version.
Watch It! – Students will watch a short video at this station and answer questions relevant to their learning. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART board, or even a teachers computer.
Organize It! – The students will be comparing and contrasting simple machines with a card sort or manipulative at this station.
Write It! – At this station the students will be responding to 2-4 short answer prompts that will allow them to communicate their knowledge in complete sentences.
Research It! – This station will be a website that students will go to learn more information about the topic. Students will perform tasks and answer questions on their lab sheet. This station can be setup with class computers/tablets, SMART board, or even a teachers computer. If no computers are available you can double up one of the other stations and replace this module. Easy.
Assess It! – The students will demonstrate their knowledge of simple machines using a series of task cards with more formal questions.
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