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Simple Machines and Complex Machines: Project Based Learning Activity

Simple Machines and Complex Machines: Project Based Learning Activity
Simple Machines and Complex Machines: Project Based Learning Activity
Simple Machines and Complex Machines: Project Based Learning Activity
Simple Machines and Complex Machines: Project Based Learning Activity
Simple Machines and Complex Machines: Project Based Learning Activity
Simple Machines and Complex Machines: Project Based Learning Activity
Simple Machines and Complex Machines: Project Based Learning Activity
Simple Machines and Complex Machines: Project Based Learning Activity
Product Description
Students learn with science, art, research machines in nature, writing, drawing, problem solving, and with technology. Students show their learning by creating a complex machine with a partner.

ALIGNED TO NEW BC CURRICULUMThis meets the big ideas, curricular competencies and content of British Columbia's New Curriculum for Grade 5 students and includes a unit plan and lesson plan that meets the new standards. However, as it is 21st century learning, this is a fantastic, inquiry unit for all students between grades 4 and 7.

Description: Prompt for Student Inquiry
Congratulations! You’ve been selected for a scientific
challenge of designing a new machine to make everyday tasks easier!

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about:
-simple machines and complex machines
-how machines are devices that transfer force and energy
-machines in nature
-how machines make everyday life easier!

Through this challenge, you will learn through research online and in books about the six types of simple machines, how simple machines create complex machines, and about natural machines in our local environment. After collecting your research, you will create a machine with another inventor for the challenge!

What is Project Based Learning?:
Project Based Learning is a method of teaching where students have a question or topic that relates to the curriculum that they work on for an extended period of time in an engaging, creative, and experimental manner and respond to the question through a challenge. The difference between PBL and creating a project is that projects are created AFTER learning and PBL allows students to learn through the entire process and toward a goal of answering a challenge or question.

The project is focused on student’s learning goals and curriculum using creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and self-management.

The best part about PBL is that it is brings a lot of learning subjects together in one project, allowing students to spend a lot of time on their PBL while meeting many aspects of the curriculum all at once.

How To Use:
-In this product you will see Lesson Plans and Student Worksheets (and answer keys) alternate as you scroll through the PDF. The lesson plans will act as guidelines for you on how to implement the student worksheet and will present you with materials needed and insight into the student’s assignment. Note, for this PBL project you will need to allow your students access to a variety of information and technologies (such as computers/internet) to allow them to do their personal investigations.
-Photocopy any necessary student handouts such as step-by-steps or rubrics. These will be needed during your art lesson and are very helpful for students.

NOTE: Preview is saved in a small file size so quality is poor. Purchased product does not have a watermark and is saved in the highest quality. Only a select few pages are in the preview.

This Product Includes: 52 pages
-Title Page
-What is Project-Based Learning
-How to Use this Product
-Unit Plan (3 pages)
-Lesson Plan: Introduction to the challenge
-Student title page to color
-The Challenge -handout
-The Big Ideas handout
-Lesson plan: Prior Knowledge
-How Can You... handout
-How Can You... Answer Key
-Question and Wonders about Machines -handout
-Lesson Plan: Machines make work easier
-Machines Make Work Easier
-Expedition: Research examples of machines making work easier
-Research- Advantages/Disadvantages of machines in our lives
-Research -Advantages/Disadvantages of machines in our lives -answer key
-Lesson Plan: Simple Machines
-Six Simple Machines handout
-Inquiry - Lever
-Lever answer key
-Journal: Lever
-Inquiry: Wheel and Axle
-Inquiry: Wheel and Axle - Answer Key
-Magazine Cover Design: Wheels and Axles
-Inquiry: Pulleys
-Inquiry- Pulleys -Answer Key
-Instagram That Pulley worksheet
-Inquiry Inclined Plane
-Inquiry: Wedge
-Inquiry: Wedge -Answer Key
-Inquiry: Screw
-Inquiry: Screw - Answer key
-Lesson Plan: Complex Machines
-Expedition: Complex Machines
-Comic: Complex Machines
-Lesson Plan: Machines in Nature
-Expedition: Machines in Nature
-Draw a Machine in Nature
-Lesson Plan: Inventors and Artists who create complex machines
-Expedition: Inventors and Artists Creating Complex Machines
-CreatorBook profile page of an inventor or artist
-Lesson Plan: The Challenge, create a Complex Machine
-Details about the challenge and steps
-Draw your complex machine
-Examples of Cardboard Attachments
-Material acquisition list

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Simple Machines and Complex Machines Project Based Learning Activity

Design Process Planning Pages for The Design Cycle (FOR ANY DESIGN PROJECT)

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