We first start off using our science notebooks to write down what we think the 6 simple machines are. This is fun to watch. Then, I share the simple machines on an anchor chart with an example. I don't show videos very often, but Bill Nye is great for introductions.
I use sentence stems...I have found that giving sentence starters/stems for the students helps them focus on what they should be looking for while watching a show or answering questions after an experiment.
Watching Bill Nye Simple Machines allowed us to find examples and make connections. Here is what we used:
1. A ______________ reminds me of ______________.
2. I was surprised that __________________________.
3. The effects of using simple machines ____________.
4. An example of each simple machine includes_________.
After we are done sharing with our groups what we learned...I pose a problem. I give each group a weight and ask them to use our STEM Store to create a simple machine that will bring the weight from the floor to the top of the table.
I give them time to draw an idea and then share and build. Once they are done building...the students share what they were able to create.
|These two examples are very different than each other...but that is what is great about STEM Challenges...|
|Teamwork and sharing are two other great benefits! Now...we add the FOSS Pulley Lessons....|