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.
Watch Moby using pulley and learn about effort and resistance forces. Select icons of simple tools on the right to watch animated movies about gears, incline plane, levers, and wheel and axle. Includes online quizzes. NOTE: The web site is available by subscription only.
This interactive activity helps students to learn about simple machines found around the house. Click on a tool or an equipment and answer what kind of simple machine principle is used in it. Click on "Simple Machines Glossary" to review before starting the activity. NOTE: The site includes ads.
These sites include interactive models of machines such as levers and pulley systems. Explains basic concepts of physics such as mechanics, gravity, effort, resistance, work, torque, friction, and motion. Includes lesson plans, laboratory exercises, and experiments. There is a link to an eThemes resource on simple machines for beginners.