This interactive Flash activity invites kids to learn about simple and compound machines by investigating common household objects found in the kitchen and tool shed. The animated activities help them understand how the machines work and how to differentiate the various types of simple machine. Additionally the site provides a glossary of important terms, lesson plans and a teacher's guide. This page is part of a larger collection of game-like animations developed to teach children about science.
Metadata instance created
August 2, 2007
by Mandy Staff
March 20, 2014
by Caroline Hall
Last Update when Cataloged:
August 3, 2007
AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)
4. The Physical Setting
3-5: 4F/E1bc. The greater the force is, the greater the change in motion will be. The more massive an object is, the less effect a given force will have.
6-8: 4F/M3a. An unbalanced force acting on an object changes its speed or direction of motion, or both.
11. Common Themes
3-5: 11B/E3. A model of something is similar to, but not exactly like, the thing being modeled. Some models are physically similar to what they are representing, but others are not.
6-8: 11B/M4. Simulations are often useful in modeling events and processes.
Next Generation Science Standards
Disciplinary Core Ideas (K-12)
Forces and Motion (PS2.A)
Each force acts on one particular object and has both strength and a direction. An object at rest typically has multiple forces acting on it, but they add to give zero net force on the object. Forces that do not sum to zero can cause changes in the object's speed or direction of motion. (Boundary: Qualitative and conceptual, but not quantitative addition of forces are used at this level.) (3)
For any pair of interacting objects, the force exerted by the first object on the second object is equal in strength to the force that the second object exerts on the first, but in the opposite direction (Newton's third law). (6-8)
Relationship Between Energy and Forces (PS3.C)
When two objects interact, each one exerts a force on the other that can cause energy to be transferred to or from the object. (6-8)
Science and Engineering Practices (K-12)
Developing and Using Models (K-12)
Modeling in 3–5 builds on K–2 experiences and progresses to building and revising simple models and using models to represent events and design solutions. (3-5)
Use models to describe phenomena. (5)
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Dynamics: Forces and Motion Unit Title: Applications of Newton's Laws
This activity is an animated introduction to simple machines. Designed for Grades 3-6, it helps children gain understanding of the different types of simple machine they encounter in their kitchens, garages, bedrooms, and bathrooms. Additionally the site provides a glossary of important terms, lesson plans and a teacher's guide.
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