Elementary Curriculum Connections
to Simple Machines
This site is a great way to introduce your students to simple machines.
There are great animations for each example as well as a detailed
description of each. Also, the photos section has wonderful real world
examples of simple machines found in school and at home.
Machines Construction Site
Students can explore simple machines with kid friendly definitions
and so much more. Jobs #1 and #2 include practice activities and
give students an opportunity to identify simple machines in the
world around them. Job#3 provides a slide show for reviewing simple
machine concepts, and a great class assessment.
This site gives a description and picture of each simple machine.
Science Reporters Simple Machines
As part of the Scholastic website this site gives great information
about each of the simple machines.
At this site you will find great definitions and examples of all simple
This site has a great glossary of simple machine terms. You will also
find great activities that test your knowledge of simple machines
that can be found around a house.
Essence of Simple Machines
This site is a great extension for your simple machine project. Some
parts of this site have challenging vocabulary, but the "Find
the Simple Machine" activity is great for testing all your students'
In the Technology section view a movie on Inclined Planes and Levers.
This is a great way to introduce the unit. There is a limit to how
many movies can be viewed each day.
Here you will find great experiments as well as worksheets that students
can use to collect examples of simple machines they find at home.
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