Reflection: Student Ownership Design Your Own Simple Machine - Section 5: Evaluate


The students were really motivated to complete this task.  They knew the challenge would be difficult, but working together, they were able to be successful in their attempts.  Some of the samples can be seen here: wheel and axle sample, ramp sample, lever sample.

I was impressed with the amount of craftsmanship and effort demonstrated in the construction of the machines.  Students took the time to craft individual wheels, troubleshoot errors within their design, and brainstorm solutions to these problems.  Because the task was straightforward- move the ball of clay across the table without your hands- the students felt they were able to attack it.  The graphic organizers and the step-by-step construction allowed them to tackle the task one step at a time, resulting in solid plans and successful outcomes. 

  Student Ownership: Machine Samples
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Design Your Own Simple Machine

Unit 6: Simple Machines
Lesson 4 of 10

Objective: SWBAT create their own simple machine using basic materials and their understanding of how each simple machine functions.

Big Idea: Engineering practices come into play for this hands-on design lesson where students create their very own example of a simple machine!

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Science, Simple Machines, engineering, SPED, machines, physics
  95 minutes
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