This week, I spent some time updating our Simple Machines Packet. I wanted to let you know that I added several new pages.
I created a couple of new pages with simple machines you might find at a construction site. There is a blank page for the kids to label and of course there are answer pages to accompany these. 🙂
There is also a resource page about the six types of simple machines which you can use to introduce the topic to your kids. You can either read that page aloud or you can have the kids use the worksheet that accompanies it to fill in the missing words. (It depends on the age and writing ability of your kids.)
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If you want to know more about what is included in our Simple Machines Packet, visit this post or check out the Simple Machines Packet Quick Preview. It has more details and lots of pictures to describe what is included. It is now well over 30 pages.
We did this unit when my youngest was in preschool and my older two were in early elementary. (We do our units together, so you’ll find some pages that have tracing and others that require the kids to write. Use whichever suits your family best!)
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We spent quite a bit of time on the three classes of levers and did lots of hands-on activities about levers. You will find links to some of our other hands-on activities below.
As I said above, when we did this unit, my youngest was in preschool and my older two were in early elementary. We had so much fun with all the hands-on activities that go along with it! I’ll link to some of the hands-on activities we did. (Descriptions of our hands-on activities are included on pages 38 to 42 of the packet, as well.)
Hands-On Activities from Our Simple Machines Unit:
- Simple Machines Unit: Hands-On Activities on Levers
- screws (including the Archimedes screw)
- pulleys – probably the kids’ favorite day!
- wheel and axel
Some of the books we used for this unit:
The first book we read was How Do You Lift a Lion? (Affiliate link) It was a great way to introduce several of the simple machines (lever, wheel and axle, pulley)
We read about levers first from a science book and also read Scoop, Seesaw, and Raise: A Book About Levers (Affiliate Link)
We read the book, Archimedes and the Door of Science along with this unit. What a terrific book and what a remarkable man Archimedes was! The book talks about the Archimedes screw as well as lots of other topics — astronomy, math, geometry and more. We loved the imagery of Archimedes pulling a massive ship with pulleys and of course the description of the irrigation screw. I highly recommend this book, but it’s probably better suited to older elementary (grades 3-6).
The Archimedes screw was a machines used to transfer water to irrigation ditches.
It traditionally looks like this…
So that’s it for today. I just wanted to be sure to pass the word along about this update.
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