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This lesson plan is the first of a two-part series for grades 3-5 on the topic of simple machines.  It is designed to develop student understanding of the interactive nature of parts in a system.  Students work cooperatively to explore a variety of simple machines and discover how they are broken down into interactive parts.  Three related activities are accessed online, and would extend the lesson to 3 days.  A shorter lesson can be done without the need for computer access.  Included is a printable student activity sheet.  This is part of a larger collection of lessons, all of which are aligned to AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy.
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Classical Mechanics
- Newton's Second Law
= Interacting Objects
- Work and Energy
= Simple Machines
- Elementary School
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K-5 lesson plans, batteries, electricity, elementary lesson plans, elementary physical science, energy, energy transformation, standards-based lessons
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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

11. Common Themes

11A. Systems
  • 3-5: 11A/E1. In something that consists of many parts, the parts usually influence one another.
  • 3-5: 11A/E2. Something may not work well (or at all) if a part of it is missing, broken, worn out, mismatched, or misconnected.

12. Habits of Mind

12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 3-5: 12C/E1. Choose appropriate common materials for making simple mechanical constructions and repairing things.

NSES Content Standards

Con.B: Physical Science
  • K-4: Properties of Objects & Materials
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