It's So Simple!
I can do that! It's simple. How many times have you heard that in your life? People are always trying to find easier ways to do things. How do they do this? It's called BRAIN POWER. You have one so why not use it? Throughout time, men and women have been trying to find easier ways to do things. Why slave away doing something, when it can be done in a much simpler way? Today we have, can you guess... SIMPLE MACHINES! How many simple machines can you name? Try to name six.
Now try matching each picture above to the simple machine it represents. The simple machines include a wheel and axle, a wedge, a pulley, a screw, and a lever. Think of what you might use at school and at home that is a simple machine. Some of the objects you use can include more than one simple machine. Try to list at least one object for each simple machine. What did you include in your list?
The table is the heavy object that you need to lift. Think about how you could do it. You don't want to hurt yourself while lifting the table, so what do you do? Make sure an adult is aware you are doing this experiment!
Safety: Make sure an adult is aware you are doing this experiment!
Do you have blinds or curtains in your room? How do you open them? A lot of times you will have to pull down on a drawstring or cord of some kind. This will allow more light in the room. How much effort is needed to bring light into your room?
Think about the following questions:
Whether you push or pull an object, you meet some kind of resistance. Simple machines just make doing the job easier.
The next time you raise a flag, think about how much simpler it is to raise the flag on a pole using a pulley than pulling your body up the pole and trying to make it fly.
In a science journal or on a separate piece of paper, draw two examples of each of the simple machines. Look around your house to see how many you can find. This will give you ideas to draw.
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