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Using knowledge of simple machines, create an original machine that would make life easier. Use Crayola® Dry-Erase crayons to develop your plan!
As a whole class activity, review the characteristics and uses of the following types of simple machines: inclined plane, pulley, level, wheel and axle, and screw.
Provide each student with an individual dry-erase board or a spot on a classroom white board.
Using the Dry-Erase Crayons, ask students to develop an original machine that could make their lives easier. Encourage them to think of a need for their machines: Why would you build it? What will it do? How will it make my life easier?
After students have finished creating and editing their drawings, ask them to find a partner to share information about their new machines. Can you identify the simple machines in each others’ designs? Does the newly developed machine really make life easier? If so, how is this accomplished?
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