Simple Machines & Engineering Unit
I had my husband put together bags of building materials:
piece of wood
piece of plastic
piece of pipe
nuts and bolt
The students had to pick eight things that they would use to build a house from the bags. They had to name the item, what it was made out of and identify purpose.
Love my fun-loving fifth graders!
I had each group share one item and continued around the room until everything was shared.
We watched a few video clips and read about the 6 simple machines. I broke my two classes into six groups. They created posters and shared them with their class.
illustration or diagram
I have the wooden models of the machines that my students love to use.