Featured Calendar Lesson: Simple Machines

blog-thumb-calendar-november-13_1Our calendar lesson for November focuses on Simple Machines at the 6th grade level. The three classes of levers are addressed in addition to identifying the levers in a typewriter.   The culminating activity integrates writing skills with science knowledge and requires students to create a step by step guide and how to video on how to create a long distance trebuchet.  (Download: SMART Notebook, RM Easiteach, ActivInspire)

The following Standards are addressed in this lesson:

Common Core

  • ELA W.6.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

National Science Content Standards

  • Content Standard A: Science as Inquiry:  As a result of activities, all students should develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry and understanding about scientific inquiry
  • Content Standard B: Physical Science:  As a result of their activities, all students should develop an understanding of motions and forces and transfer of energy
  • Content Standard E: Science and Technology:  As a result of their activities in 5-8, all students should develop abilities of technological design and understanding about science and technology. 
  • Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives:  As a result of activities, all students should develop understanding of science and technology in society
  • Content Standard G: History and Nature of Science:  As a result of activities, all students should develop understand of Science as a human endeavor


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