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Simple Machines - Stratagies that reinforce the concept of simple machines source

Inventors Workshop: Exploring Leonardo - Students learn how Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance scientiest, inventor, and artist, modified simple machines with this thematic unit source

Marvelous Machines - Several experiments about simple machines: levers, wheels and inclined planes. Links to teacher notes source

Moving Along with Simple Machines - An integrated instructional unit with activities on levers, wheels and axles, pulleys, screws, inclined planes, and the wedge. (Adaptable grade 3 unit) source

Putting the "Simple" in Simple Machines - Youngsters use observation and hands-on activities to identify six simple machines that make work easier (In Adobe Acrobat PDF format) source

Simple Machines - Lesson plan, activities, and experiments give students hands-on experiences with simple machines source

Simple Machines - Third grade students study the conversion of force to motion by simple machines with hands on activities. Students make pinwheels, water wheels, ramps, and more source

Simple Machines - Students dissect a broken toy or appliance, list each simple machine found, and create their own machine with this AskERIC lesson source

Simple Machines - Several activities using an inclined plane, screw, lever, wheel and axle, wedge, or pulley demonstrates how simple machines make work easier source

Simple Machines Web Quest - Students learn definitions, identify simple machines, investigate various compound and complex machines, and create a new compound machine with this webquest source

Sketching Gadget Anatomy - Students observe, operate, and draw a diagram of a simple machine such as a can opener or a stapler noting how the parts work together source

The Incredible Lever - Young children use a plank and wood block as a lever to lift an adult with this demonstration source

The Pulley - Demonstration shows how a pulley can save time and effort in lifting source

Work is Simple with Simple Machines - Students investigate simple machines and their usefulness in everday life. Unit includes lesson plans, activities, background information, and related sites source

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