Simple Machine Inventions

Introduction:
Congratulations! Your teacher has volunteered her class of fabulous fifth graders (that's ALL of you) to design and create a simple machine that can make life easier in some way. The decision as to the machine name, how it works and targeted age group is all yours. You will be able to show how the machine functions by producing an animated gif or image. The machine you create and written description will become part of the class " Simple Machine Inventions" web site.

Task:
1. You'll be spending time learning about the inclined plane, pulley, screw, wedge, level and wheel in the classroom. The resources below will also provide you with additional information about each simple machine. As you look through the web sites, be thinking about a machine that could make life or work easier for yourself or someone you know.

2. Look at some sample animated machines at the following web sites:
Simple Machine Inventions
Grade 3 Simple Machine Examples

3. Use the "Kid Pix Machine Frame Planning Form" to sketch out your machine's five (5) frame movements.

4. Complete the developer's form that explains the machine's purpose and working description.

 

Resources:  

The inclined plane is a plane surface set at an angle, other than a right angle, against a horizontal surface. The inclined plane permits one to overcome a large resistance by applying a relatively small force through a longer distance than the load is to be raised.

Inclined Plane Movie
BrainPop

The Inclined Plane

The Inclined Plane

Inclined Plane

Inclined Plane

 

 

Pulley Movie
BrainPop

The Pulley

The Pulley

Pulleys1
See pulley pictures in this lesson.

Pulleys 2
See pulley pictures in this lesson.

Pulleys

This simple machine is a modification of the wedge designed to yield a very large mechanical advantage in minimum space. The screw is essentially a transfer device of motion and/or force.

The Screw

Screw

The Screw

The wedge is the active twin of the inclined plane. It does useful work by moving. In contrast, the inclined plane always remains stationary.

The Wedge

Wedges

The Wedge

Lever
BrainPop

Simple Machines:The Lever

Lever

The Lever

Lever

Machines that use levers

Simple Machines: the LEVER

Wheel and Axle

Wheel and Axle

The Wheele and Axle

Wheele and Axle

Wheele and Axle

Wheel

Simple Machines

Simple Machines Glossary

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Elements of Machines

Introduction to Simple Machines

Simple Machines
Here you will find the names and descriptions of different types of simple machines.  This website explains how each machine works.

 

Simple Machines Quizzes

Simple Machine Quiz #1

Simple Machines Quiz #2

Simple Machines Quiz #3

Gadget Anatomy Quiz

Gadget Quiz

Simple Machines
by EdHeads

Rube Golberg Gallery of Inventions
Through his wacky cartoons which depict the most elaborate and ridiculous devices to accomplish the most mundane tasks, RUBE GOLDBERG'S "INVENTIONS" have become synonymous with any maximum effort to achieve minimal results

Rube Goldberg Work Site Quiz

Matching Machines Work Site

Fill-in-the-Blanks

Crossword Puzzle

Word Search

Simple Machines Concentration Game