Simple Machines Unit: A Non-Fiction Resource w/ Flip Book & Archimedes

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Simple Machines Activity Pack - with eight passages, organizers, two character studies, comprehension and connection activities, vocabulary posters, and flipbooks! Your students will love these hands-on activities all about Simple Machines! Now Updated with a Unit Test that's EDITABLE and an answer key!

Whether it is a screwdriver, hammer, or shovel, we depend on tools to get work done. Hammers help us build. Saws and scissors help us cut. A shovel helps us dig. Tools and machines make the work easier for us to do.

Students will learn about several simple machines:




✔Inclined planes


✔Wheel and axle


This unit includes many interactive activities and learning opportunities for students including six informational articles on:



✔Inclined Plane



✔Wheel and Axle

✔The articles come in TWO different formats--one with clip art for younger students and one with real photos for older students.

There are two character studies where students will meet:

✔Meet Archimedes

✔Archimedes Biography Organizer

✔Meet Robert, a young engineer who shares about the very first wheel

Students Activities:

✔Simple Machines Mystery Flaps

✔Name That Simple Machine Activity

✔Cloze Passage

✔6-Page Simple Machines Flip Book

✔Vocabulary Posters

✔Vocabulary Flip Flaps

✔Spotlight on Vocabulary

✔Unit Test that's EDITABLE (4-pages) and Answer Key



There are 4 main activities:

Read. Connect. Create.


Introduce the vocabulary words with the real-life photo posters included. You could post these posters around the classroom and have students travel around to match up and define the words in their flip flaps or use as a center activity. These posters make an attractive bulletin board display in a snap!


Have students read the passages about six simple machines. The passages come in black and white and color for multiple uses in the classroom. Have students complete the comprehension and connection questions, mystery flaps, and fill-in-the blank passage. There are two character studies for students to read about and Meet Robert, a young engineer who tells us about the first wheel and Meet Archimedes, who tells us about the Archimedes Screw. Students could work with a partner, in small groups, or even as a center/station activity to read and complete the fun activities.


Have students complete the flipbook. Students can build the flipbook page by page. I usually have them do one page at each center or station. They can use the articles as a reference source to help them complete the pages of the flip-up. Lastly, they cut, color, and assemble the booklet. Flipbooks can be glued or stapled inside their interactive notebooks, file folder, or a 12x18 piece of construction paper folded like a book cover.


Evaluate student learning with the EDITABLE Unit Test! An answer key is included.

✔For Elementary Grades – 2-5th Grades

✔Great for Core Knowledge

✔Common Core Aligned

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