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Lesson Plans (7) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Informational Materials (1) Textual information containing useful facts or information. Interactives/Games (3) A learning object that requires a user's involvement.
Learning Activities (3) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Learning Assets (1)


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Machines all Around Us
Description: Student will examine different rooms in the school looking for simple machines. They will use digital cameras to take pictures of the simple machine they have found in the school and Microsoft PowerPoint to create a presentation of their findings. This lesson was created by Miller, Gladden, and Watson- Oscar Adams Elementary School Tech Team.


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Subject: Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (K - 2)
Title: Simple Machines
Description: During this lesson students learn about the six types of simple machines. They define each type of machine, experiment with each type, utilize the Internet to explore each type of machine, and build their own simple machine. This lesson is designed for third grades students but can be adapted for second grade.


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Subject: English Language Arts (2 - 3), or Science (2 - 3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Levers - Weight Lifters
Description: During this lesson, students will have the opportunity to explore levers through hands-on experiences and by navigating the Internet. This lesson allows students to use their experiences to determine how levers and other simple machines make work easier.


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Use Simple Machines to Help Stuart Little
Description: Students will use their knowledge of simple machines to design a way to bring a birthday package into the Little's living room, using simple and complex machines to make this job easier to do.


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Subject: Science (3), or Technology Education (3 - 5)
Title: Simple Machines Webquest
Description: This lesson is designed to allow students to explore simple machines through a Webquest with Internet resources provided for research of simple machines. Students then create a report, with pictures, in Word, and finally, invent their own simple machine for presentation.


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Subject: Science
Title: Break It Down!     
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students explore the everyday implications of system failure and are challenged to identify the causes. There are two prerequisite lessons for this lesson: Systems 1: Simple Machines and Systems 2: Systems, Up, Up and Away! In the first lesson, students observe the interaction of parts and establish a framework for understanding system. In the second lesson, students explore how changing parts or amounts of parts can impact the properties of a system. This lesson asks students to further their experience by exploring the everyday impacts of system failure and challenges them to identify the causes of failure.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Title: It's Moving Day! A SImple Machines Music Video
Digital Tool: Moving Day- Simple Machines
Digital Tool Description: This podcast is a high-quality, 2-minute music video that depicts simple machines "in action" as the characters act out moving from one location to another. Hammers, wheels, screws, etc. all make an appearance in this fun, high-paced lesson set to a catchy tune.


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Simple Machines Webquest
http://www.webquest....
This web quest allows students to explore simple machines, recreate them, and explain how they work.

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Simple Machines
http://www.sciencene...
The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to use Internet resources to explore the parts of a system and develop students' understanding of the interactions between those parts, as well as engage in troubleshooting and design related to systems. In this investigation, students take a closer look at a variety of simple hardware devices. They observe the interactions between the elements of the devices, through both hands-on and Internet exploration.

Informational Materials


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Ed Heads - Simple Machines
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Listing and description of simple machines, including examples

Interactives/Games


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EDheads Simple Machines
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Interactive games to help the student understand simple machines.

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Simple Machines
http://www.mos.org/s...
visual and interactive for students

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Science Games
http://mint.ua.edu/g...
A collection of science games from the Center for Materials for Information Technology.

Learning Activities


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EDheads Simple Machines
http://www.edheads....
Interactive games to help the student understand simple machines.

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Simple Machines
http://www.mos.org/s...
visual and interactive for students

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Science Games
http://mint.ua.edu/g...
A collection of science games from the Center for Materials for Information Technology.

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