• Media Center Resources

     

    BOOKS

     

    Auch, A. (2002). Cool tools. Minneapolis, MN: Compass Point Books.

    Call Tag: 621 AU

    Lexile 540

    “Photographs and text describe simple machines and tools and how they are used.”

     

    Challen, P. (2009). Getting to know wheels and axles New York: Crabtree Publishing.

    Call Tag: 621 CH
    Lexile 740

    “Simple text, illustrations, and hands-on activities introduce children to simple machines, discussing wheels and axles and describing their parts and different uses.”

     

    Christiansen, J. (2009). Get to know incline planes. New York: Crabtree Publishing.

    Call Tag: 621 CH

    Lexile 610

    “Simple text, illustrations, and hands-on activities introduce children to simple machines, discussing inclined planes and describing their various functions.”

     

    Christiansen, J. (2009). Get to know wedges. New York: Crabtree Publishing.

    Call Tag: 621 CH

    Lexile 570

    “Simple text, illustrations, and hands-on activities introduce children to simple machines, discussing wedges and describing their various functions.”

     

    Oxlade, C. (1998). Machines. Milwaukee, WI: Gareth, Stevens Publishers.

    Call Tag: 621 OX

    Lexile 950

    “Describes various types of machines, how they are used, and how they work. Includes fact boxes and suggested activities and projects.”

     

    Sloway, A. (2006). Castle under siege! Chicago, Illinois:  Raintree Books.

    Call Tag: 621 SO

    Lexile 675

    “Presents a short study of how levers, wheels and axles, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, and screws work, and the importance of these principles in various machines.”

     

    Tourville, A. (2009). Cranes. Edina, MN: Magic Wagon.

    Call Tag: 621 TO
    Lexile 660

    “Detailed diagrams, colorful illustrations, and simple text teach young readers what cranes are used for and how they work.”

     

    Volpe, K. (2009). Get to know levers. New York: Crabtree Publishing.

    Call Tag: 621 VO

    Lexile 610

    “Simple text, illustrations, and hands-on activities introduce children to simple machines, discussing levers and describing their various functions.”

     

    Volpe, K. (2009). Get to know pulleys. New York: Crabtree Publishing.

    Call Tag: 621 VO

    Lexile 570

    “Simple text, illustrations, and hands-on activities introduce children to simple machines, discussing pulleys and describing their parts and different uses.”

     

    Walker, S. (2002). Screws. Minneapolis, MN: Lerner.

    Call Tag: 621 WA

    Lexile 580

    “Describes work, machines, and screws in everyday surroundings, and presents experiments that explain how they work.”

     

    Weakland. M. (2011). Gears go, wheels roll. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

    Call Tag: 621 WE

    Lexile 590

    “Looks at many different kinds of wheels and discusses how they are used.”

     

    Video

    Gottlieb, E. & McKenna , J. (1993). Simple machines. Elk Grove Village, IL: Disney.

    Format: DVD

    “Bill Nye the Science Guy answers questions about simple machines, and conducts experiments that demonstrate how gears make work easier and increase speed and energy, and show how to make a simple pulley.”

     

    SWAY

    Please visit the media center webpage to access a SWAY designed for the following standard:

    S4P3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.

    1. Plan and carry out an investigation on the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on an object and communicate the results.
    2. Ask questions to identify and explain the uses of simple machines (lever, pulley, wedge, inclined plane, wheel and axle, and screw) and how forces are changed when simple machines are used to complete tasks

    https://www.rcboe.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2554



    GALILEO

     

    Machine. (2017). In Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved from http://school.eb.com.proxygsu-sric.galileo.usg.edu/levels/elementary/article/machine/400129

    Article 1 Lexile 890

    Article 2 Lexile 1160

     

    myOn

     

    I have created a project in myOn. It is called Simple Machines. Its task objective is as follows:

     

    Choose one or more of the books on the list to

    1. identify simple machines and explain their uses (lever, pulley, wedge, inclined plane, screw, wheel and axle).  
    2. Complete the writing assignment.

     

    The writing assignment is:

    Pick one simple machine and describe how it works. Next give a detailed description of at least two ways you could use it in everyday life. Be sure to provide evidence for your responses.

     

    You can search for the projects by using the tags *simple machines *mes

     

    Best Internet Sites

     

    Tobin, Declan. (2017). Facts About Machines For Kids. Easy Science for Kids. Retrieved from http://easyscienceforkids.com/all-about-machines-that-make-life-easier/

     

    Discovery Education

     

    Discovery Education has a Content Collection filled with valuable information.

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    Discover the many ways that simple machines make our lives easier. Just six simple machines—the lever, the pulley, the inclined plane, the wheel and axle, the wedge, and the screw—are combined to make many of the devices and tools on which we rely every day. Investigate how each type of simple machine works and identify some places you can see simple machines in action.”