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  • Simple Machines in the Community

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    The community can be a powerful context and mini-laboratory for cultivating students’ common understandings of science and mathematics. On the island of Panay in the Philippines, the community was the starting place for…

  • Simple Machine Science Centers

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    One solution to the common challenge of teaching physical science for teachers who are not confident with the subject matter or comfortable with the material is inquiry based science centers. Science centers can engage…

  • Using Simple Machines to Leverage Learning

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    What would your students say if you told them they could lift you off the ground using a block and a board? Using a simple machine, they’ll find out they can, and they’ll learn about work, energy, and motion in the…

  • Was the Great Pyramid Built with Simple Machines?

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    In this integrated science and social studies lesson, fifth-grade students participated in hands-on activities using simple machines and speculated how the pyramids were built. Students extended the experience by…

  • Science Sampler: Simple machine junk cars

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    During the month of May, the author’s eighth-grade physical science students study the six simple machines through hands-on activities, reading assignments, videos, and notes. At the end of the month, they can easily…

  • Teaching Through Trade Books: Simple Machines

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    This column includes activities inspired by children’s literature. Engaging students with common machines such as playground equipment and tools will show them how machines make work and play easier as they gain an…

  • Wacky Machines: A unit on simple machines gets a new twist with old junk

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    The next community yard sale might be a repository of old, quirky items that are just the things to get students thinking about simple machines. By introducing some "wacky machines" at lab stations as mystery objects,…

  • Science 101: What Is the Physics Behind Simple Machines?

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    This column provides background science information for elementary teachers. In this month’s issue the author discusses simple machines.

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