Simple Machines Activities for Middle School Science
The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of simple machines. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
The Simple Machines 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Simple Machines Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.
The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.
After completing the Simple Machines 5E Lesson, students will be able to describe the six major simple machines (screw, wheel and axle, lever, pulley, incline plane, and wedge), they will also be able to describe how simple machines make work easier by either changing the direction of the force exerted or increasing the distance.
Simple Machines Classroom Experiences
Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about simple machines. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
The Project, Move - Design a Pulley System To Move a Heavy Load STEM Challenge uses the engineering design process to research pulley systems and design a contraption which will allow you to lift box by using less than half of the force it would take to lift the box on its own.
Students will be using collaborative skills such as brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on their progress during the project.
At the end of the Project, Move - Design a Pulley System To Move a Heavy Load, STEM challenge, students are given an opportunity to share their projects outside of the classroom.
These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.
You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.
These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.
Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.
Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.
Essential Questions and Standards
Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the simple machines unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.
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