Simple Machines

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Welcome to the Simple Machines Page


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Introductory Note

In British Columbia, the grade 5 science curriculum includes the study of simple machines and forces. The lessons included on this page are aimed at meeting the outcomes of the Grade 5 Physical Science IRP but can be adapted for younger or older students. The teacher will guide students to discover that simple machine can make work easier. Levers, wedges, screws, pulleys, and inclined planes are examples of simple machines.

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Students will be able to
  • identify and name simple machines
  • explain how simple machines make work easier
  • identify real life example of simple machines

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Click on one of the links below to proceed to one of the lesson pages

Inclined Plane Lesson
Levers Lesson
Wedge Lesson
Screw Lesson
Pulleys Lesson