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Do you use Creative Curriculum’s Teaching Strategies Gold in your classroom? After using it for the past 7 years, I have found each year, as I approached a new curriculum, I was scrambling to come up with the materials I would need for each unit. With this set, you won’t have to! Utilizing this set in your classroom, you will have all of the materials necessary to create an Anchor Chart reflecting the “Simple Machines” unit. This downloadable set includes the TSG Anchor Chart topics of:
- What do we know simple machines? What do we want to find out?
- How do inclined planes help us move things?
- How are levers used?
- How do screws hold things together?
- What are other types of simple machines? How do people use them?
- Who works with simple machines?
Each topic features child-friendly picture cards to correspond with each topic, prompting active teacher-student discussion and interaction. Exploring each topic, students can share what they know about Clothes in a way that makes sense to them, with topic questions and visual aides that are targeted towards young visual learners. This set has included both quality clip art, as well as real photographs to enhance student learning.
To best use this set, print, laminate, and cut. I prefer to add a small magnet piece to the back of each item, so that I can use it with my students on our white board. The pictures used in this set are surrounded by a black square, and are the perfect size for young children to utilize themselves, with guidance. While this set is designed around the TSG curriculum, the opportunities for use are endless!
In addition, this “Simple Machines” unit features an additional "Ideas to Celebrate Learning" at the end of the set. This includes a Simple Machines treasure hunt checklist; Simple Machines writing and drawing pages for each simple machine; and a Simple Machine sorting activity.
Also included are Questions of the Day for each week and visual supports for those questions when possible.
We hope you and your students enjoy working with the Simple Machines unit. Please remember to leave feedback and let us know how this unit works for you.
SIMPLE MACHINES WORD CARDS
These writing Word Cards have been a complete game changer in primary classrooms! Designed to fit the IKEA "TOLSBY" picture frame, these word cards are the ideal size - compact, colorful, and easy for young learners to navigate. Print, cut, laminate, and punch two holes at the top of the cards, and these cards are ready to fit inside the picture frame. Early writers can use these Word Cards as a starting point, as a way to brainstorm ideas, and to inspire them to connect with and write about characters and content students care about.
These Word Cards feature the simple machines that have been identified in our "Teaching Strategies Gold Simple Machines Anchor Chart" set. More specifically, these Word Cards feature the following:
-wheel and axle
-moving truck ramp
-pushing a wheelbarrow
-removing a nail
-ride a bike
-raise a flag
-cutting with an axe
-keep door open
-tow truck driver
These Word Cards are versatile, and can be easily rotated out with any of the other Word Card themed topics we have for sale in our shop. After viewing these, be sure to check out the others!
Please remember to leave feedback and let us know how this worked for you in your classroom.