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Energy/Motion/Forces: Simple Machines

Simple machines are used to make work easier. There are 6 different types of simple machines: wedge, wheel and axle, lever, pulley, inclined plane, and screw.



Give students a tool box with plastic tools and have them record the names of the tools they have found. Students should then identify the simple machines within the tools. They should be able to recognize a hammer has a lever, a screw driver has as screw, and a saw has a wedge.


Purpose: Show students how simple machines are used in everyday tools.

Introduce: Show students BrainPop videos on each simple machine

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