Simple Machine Unit – Video Post

Enjoy this one minute video about our Simple Machines Unit when we studied the lever, inclined plane, wedge, screw, pulley, and wheel & axle.  I showed many of the hands-on activities we did. This unit is great for early elementary kids. 🙂

Below you’ll find links to everything included in the video: links to the hands-on activities and for the Simple Machines Packet.
Simple Machines Packet (About 30 pages) – Find out more here or purchase it with the link below.

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Simple Machines Unit - Worksheets Lapbook Activities

simple machines at a construction site worksheetsInteractive Notebook Page: Simple Machines Interactive Notebook Activity - levers wedge pulley screw wheel and axle inclined planeSimple Machines Booklet: This is a booklet all about the six types of simple machines: lever, wheel and axle, inclined plane, wedge, pulley and screw. It also covers the three classes of levers.

Kids can trace the key words and color in the pictures. The booklet is 14 half-pages. (Directions on how to put the booklet together are provided.)

Simple Machines Booklet - Simple Machines Unit

Simple Machines PacketFind out more about the hands-on activities in this unit at these posts:

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) 

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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…

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[Image courtesy of Wikipedia)

The kids really enjoyed Pull, Lift, and Lower: A Book About Pulleys (Amazing Science: Simple Machines). (affiliate link)

PullLiftLower-PulleysSo, that’s about it for our Simple Machines Unit!

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.

Visit the Science Units Tab to view all the science units we have covered with links to those hands-on activities and various resources.

Science-Units-and-PacketsOther resources shown in this video:

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This is included in our Big Animal Bundle.  The Big Animal BUNDLE includes 7 packets.   1) Animal Unit, 2) World Animals Packet, 3) Rainforest Packet, 4) Life Cycles Packet, 5) Winter Packet – plus 6) the Cicadas Packet and 7) the Chameleon Packet. See our Big Animal BUNDLE here.


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