Teacher Review for Simple Machines

Simpe Machines Made Simple

Sandy W.
Classroom teacher
Catalyst Charter Middle School
Ripon, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Great with Low literacy
How I Use It
Twitch, the quirky main character of the game, introduces the basic concepts of simple machines through four game challenges incorporating the different types. The games offer an interesting introduction to a unit on simple machines. Even though the games appear simple, there is an essential understanding of simple machines needed to be successful.
My Take
The game Simple Machines has an interesting layout with guided instructions throughout the play. Terms and labels used in the game are accurately integrated with useful explanations. Part of the challenge is to solve the problems with the least amount of force. After completing the four games, a final analysis is given to sum up how successful you are in the game. This is a great introduction to simple machines. It would be helpful; if there were digital sheet summarizing the key concepts of the game