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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.


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Learn about six types of simple machines: inclined plane, wedge, screw, pulley, lever, and wheel and axle. Use the "Next" link to advance through the website.
This site is set up by a graduate student to teach children about simple machines. Click on the machines to learn more about them then take a short quiz.
This page has some design problems but the links and information is good. Animated plus pictures.
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.
Lots of pictures of the different simple machines. Included is an identifying activity for each simple machine. NOTE: The site includes ads.
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.
This site provides lesson plans and activities that help students to learn basic principles of simple machines and how they work.
These explanations of simple machines include historical facts of their use.
Conduct experiments in this online laboratory to test wedge, lever, ramp, pulley, wheel, and axle. The laboratory includes questions for discussions.
Start this web quest with printing out an assignment. Follow suggested links to learn about simple machines and test hypothesis by conducting experiments. NOTE: The site leads to websites with ads.
Find right words related to simple machines to solve the crossword puzzle.
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.

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