These sites focus on compound machines. Learn what compound machines are as well as six types of simple machines. There are classroom activities and online quizzes to help students identify the relationship of simple machines to compound machines. There are links to eThemes Resources on Simple Machines: Beginner and Physics: Force and Motion.
Edheads: The Compound Machine
Click "Start" to play a game which has a series of questions about how forces and simple machines can work together to create compound machines. Includes a teacher's guide.
Dirtmeister: Simple Machines
Students observe simple machines around their house and school, and then write reports about their investigation. Includes a brief overview of simple machines and what compound or complex machines are made up of.
Quia: Simple and Compound Machines
Answer 23 questions about simple and compound machines.
Check all simple machines that make up each gadget. Then click the "Inventor's Toolbox" link to review basic information about simple machines.
Here are activity ideas to discuss the relationship between simple machines and compound machines.
Lesson Plan: Compound Machines
This lesson plan is designed to help students understand what compound machines are.
SuccessLinK: Simply a Machine
Students will use their knowledge about simple machines and identify simple machines within a compound machine. Students will also create their own inventions using simple machines.
eThemes Resource: Simple Machines: Beginner
These resources explore the basics of simple machines: pulleys, wheel and axle, inclined planes, wedges, screws, and levers. Includes animations, online quizzes, hands on activities, experiments, lesson plans, and a word puzzle. There is a link to an eThemes resource on Advanced Simple Machines.
eThemes Resource: Physics: Force and Motion
These sites cover the basic concepts of physics. Learn about force, motion, and friction using interactive simulations where you can manipulate the variables. Includes links to an eThemes on Simple Machines, Magnets, and Gravity.
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