Lesson Plan

Simple and Compound Machines

Learn about simple and compound machines.
Lori H.
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Troy Middle School
Troy, MO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
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Students will be able to...

1.  Identify and define different types of simple machines.
2.  Recognize the uses of simple and compound machines in the real-world.
3.  Explain how simple machines make our lives easier.

Grades 4 - 5
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1 Hook

Begin this lesson by showing the video.  After viewing, ask students to explain what they saw. 

Explain that the video, as fun as it is to watch, is packed with the use of simple machines.

In this unit, we will be exploring the purpose and use of simple machines in our daily lives.

Student Instructions



2 Direct Instruction

Students will use mikids to collect information and Popplet to organize information about each of the 6 simple machines.


Student Instructions

Mikids is a site to learn andcollect information about the 6 simple machines. Be sure to use each of the links as you gather imformation.

Create a Popplet that displays each of the simple machines, their purpose, and an example of each.


3 Guided Practice

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In this step students will work in small groups to share the information they collect on their Popplets.  Each group will decide what information and how to share it with the rest of the class on premade Padlet pages.

You will need to create six titled Padlet pages and share the links for students to post to.

Student Instructions

As a group you will combine your research efforts on your Popplets and decide how to share information about each of the six simple machines on Padlet. 

Remember to add an image and an explanation for each simple machine.

Pay close attention to how each of the Padlet pages are titled.

4 Independent Practice

Students use game play to reinforce what they have learned.  They should search for simple machines from the "Choose an Activity" tab.

Extention:  This game also introduces compound machines.

Student Instructions

It's time for GAME PLAY!

5 Wrap Up

This is an interactive video that requires students to answer questions about simple machines.

With an account you can use this as an assessment tool.  It will record answers for each student. 

Student Instructions