Simple Machines Unit (Bundle)

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Taryn Nicholson
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1st - 4th
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This resource made it very easy to teach the Simple Machines unit. I've never taught this concept before so it was nice to have an organized resource to help guide me through the unit.
This unit has everything you need! I love how everything for each lesson is laid out. Any additional materials needed for hands on activities are easy to find.

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    Simple Machines Bundle Overview


    Explore the basics of engineering and discover more about Simple Machines through hands-on activities and challenges for the inclined plane, lever, pulley, screw, wedge, and wheel & axle. Designed with multiple grade levels in mind, this resource provides a variety of activities, vocabulary, and lessons to fit your class' needs.

    Along with the main Simple Machines unit, this bundle includes 2 mini-units: Rube Goldberg Machines as an introduction to machines and "The Elves and the Baker" a project-based learning activity to use as a cumulative assessment.

    ----------UNIT OVERVIEW----------

    Lesson 1: Work and Force

    Lesson 2: What is a Simple Machine?

    Lesson 3: Inclined Plane

    Lesson 4: Wedge

    Lesson 5: Pulley

    Lesson 6: Screw

    Lesson 7: Lever

    Lesson 8: Wheel and Axle

    Lesson 9-10: Review and Assessment

    ----------WHAT'S INCLUDED?----------

    • A complete Teacher Guide with material overview, parent letter, and lesson plans covering big ideas, essential questions, vocabulary, materials, step-by-step plans, and extensions (8 in all)

    • Vocabulary Cards

    • PowerPoint Presentations/printable books

    • Whole class, group, and independent activities to design and build working models

    • Student worksheets, informational texts, and interactive pages

    • Review game for vocabulary

    • Student comprehension assessment

    • Student project with self-assessment and teacher rubric assessment

    Created for the following:

    Next Generation Science Standards: K-2 Engineering

    Ontario Curriculum: Gr. 2 Science

    Please download this Free Engineering Design Process flip book. It is a great accompaniment to this bundle.

    The Rube Goldberg Machines mini-unit is an imaginative and solid launching point for machines. It sparks creativity, and sets a mindset for inventing machines and solving problems as an engineer.

    For the Teacher:

    - Overview of mini-unit plan

    - Bulletin Board idea and printables

    - Recommended resources

    - Answer Key where applicable

    Student Worksheets:

    - Informative texts on Rube Goldberg, Every Day Tasks, and Machines

    - Design a Rube Goldberg machine parts and planning pages

    - Creative Writing "My Imaginary Machine" Diagram and Label

    *Key Terms - task, machine, simple and compound machines

    Rube Goldberg Machines

    “The Elves and the Baker” project-based learning unit provides opportunity for your students to use their knowledge on simple machines to solve a problem (posed in "The Elves and the Baker" story) in a creative, play-based learning environment. This unit guides students through the Engineering Design Process. Students will design and build a simple machine or mechanism to help the elves complete their work at a bakery!


    - "The Elves and the Baker" original story in Powerpoint and black and white book for print

    - Engineering Design Process poster

    - Engineering Design Process worksheets

    - Measurement activity and worksheet

    PBL: The Elves and the Baker

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