Simple Machines

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Introduce the definition of a simple machine with our Simple Machines Lesson Plan.  After successfully completing and studying the included materials, the students will be able to identify the six different types of simple machines, as well as name examples.  Generalize understanding and engage analytical skills by challenging students to identify real-world examples in their environment and to explain the work it helps to do.

Simple Machines Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Simple Machines
  • Simple Machines Practice Worksheets
  • Simple Machines Word Problem worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-4 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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Description

Introduce the definition of a simple machine with our Simple Machines Lesson Plan.  After successfully completing and studying the included materials, the students will be able to identify the six different types of simple machines, as well as name examples.  Generalize understanding and engage analytical skills by challenging students to identify real-world examples in their environment and to explain the work it helps to do.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Ask students: What kind of work have you done at home or in school? What are some things that helped make the work easier?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the conversation by asking such questions as: Did you use a broom or mop? Did you carry things in a cart? Did you pull things using a rope? And others.)
  3. Demonstrate the use of very basic simple machine lie a paint brush, broom, etc. Ask students: Do you believe that this (blank) is a machine? Why do you think it is a machine?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion leading to: Things that help you do work may be called a simple machine.
  5. Distribute Simple Machines (1-4) content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.6, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade

Subject

Science