Topic 6: Simple Machines Activity


A simple machine is any of the basic mechanical devices for applying a force.

The simple machines are pulleys, wedges, levers, wheel and axle, and screws.

What was the point of this activity?

The point of this activity was to introduce simple machines to children  and let them know they are seen in our every day lives.

Explain how you would introduce this to your class?

I would introduce this to my class by having them do the activity first. I would give them legos and put them into groups and have them make something without instruction. From there, i would point out that they have added simple machines without even realizing.

Where do you see a student having difficulty with this?

I think there might be a little difficulty trying to put the assigned simple machine together but i think working in groups would make this easier.

What changes or extensions could you do to this activity?

I would put multiple simple machine parts in the lego boxes and allow them to create what they want. I think it is important to be creative and let them use their hands to learn.

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