Lesson Plan

That Was Simple!

A lesson flow focuses on how force, motion, and simple machines work together to create a Rube Goldberg Machine.
Caitlin L.
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
Objectives

Students will be able to...

1.   Understand how force has an impact on motion

2.   Identify simple machines

3.   Understand how simple machines can work together to create a Rube Goldberg machine

Subjects
Science
Grades 3 - 5
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1 Hook

Play the video, Chain Reaction Machine, by Design Squad, before explaining the objectives for the lesson.

After the video explain to students that they will be learning about the science that goes into creating a Rube Goldberg machine. Tell students that they will be working on their own Rube Goldberg machine at the end of the lesson. However, before they can create their machine, they must learn the concepts that will help them with their machine.

Go over objectives with students.

Students will be able to...

1.   Understand how force has an impact on motion

2.   Identify simple machines

3.   Understand how simple machines can work together to create a Rube Goldberg machine

 

2 Direct Instruction

Explain to students that in order to create their Rube Goldberg machine, they will first need to understand force and motion.

Watch the Study Jams video, Force and Motion. You may choose to watch this as a class or have students watch on their own.

After the video answer the Test Yourself questions. This may be done as a class or individually.

3 Guided Practice

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Once the class has gone over force and motion, students will work through the Brain Pop game, Simple Machines.

Students will be guided through this activity as they help Twitch do his late-night work in the Museum workshop by creating simple machines. Students will learn about the different types of simple machines and how force has an effect on these simple machines. Lever, inclined plane, pulley, wheel and axle are covered in this activity.

Once students are done with the Simple Machines activity have them complete the game quiz, which can be found below the game.

4 Independent Practice

After students have learned about force, motion, and simple machines they can create their own Rube Goldberg machine, by using the game, Goldburger To Go. Students will need to fix the Rube Goldberg machine that has been started, in order to get it to work. They must apply their knowledge of force, motion, and simple machines to accomplish this task.

The website also provides additional information to create a real-world Rube Goldberg machine.

5 Wrap-Up

For the wrap-up of this lesson, you will assess students understanding of Rube Goldberg machines and how simple machines make them work.

Find an image of a Rube Goldberg machine.

Access InfuseLearning, once you are logged into your teacher account go to InfuseDraw.

Upload your image of a Rube Goldberg machine.

Once you have it uploaded, click on the Ask button, this will start the assessment.

Provide students with your InfuseLearning Room ID number and have them login.

First, instruct students to draw with white arrows the flow of the Rube Goldberg machine from start to finish.

Students will identify the simple machines that they see in the image by annotating the image.

Circle inclined planes in red.

Circle levers in yellow.

Circle wheel and axle in blue.

Circle pulleys in green.

Students will submit their work when they are done.