2nd Grade Science
- Simple Machines
What is a Simple Machine?
A simple machine is a tool that makes work easier. These machines use
energy to work.
Below are the six basic simple machines we have studied in science.
Calling all second graders at Friedberg Elementary School!
We have a HUGE problem that only second graders are qualified to fix. We
desperately need your help!! Something happened in the middle of the night and all of our
simple machines at school completely disappeared! In second grade we have been
studying the six basic simple machines. It is up to us to remember
each of the simple machines and identify examples of each one. We will
be working in pairs to complete this webquest. As we correctly
identify pictures of the simple machines they will mysteriously reappear in our
classroom and as well as within the entire school. It is crucial that we dig deep into our memories
and remember all of the examples that we can remember and then
identify them correctly! Life
will certainly be a whole lot easier with those simple machines. It is up to us,
as second graders, to find the simple machines and return them to our
classroom and to the school! The whole school will be thanking us
for paying attention in science and being able correctly name the many different
simple machines and examples of them. To make this task easier we can
use the internet to help us locate many different examples of simple
* Classroom list of the six simple machines
This website identifies the six simple machines and gives an example for
each one. It also includes a simple machines quiz for students to take
if they want to see how much they remember.
This website not only identifies the six
simple machines with pictures, but it also gives a short definition that 2nd
graders can easily understand. Under each simple machine there is a
link to a page filled with pictures and at the bottom of the page there is
list of names that we have to correctly put with each picture.
This is a great website for students to use in identifying simple machines
that are in different rooms in our homes.
The students will use the above websites
as resources to help them identify examples of simple machines. It is
completely up to us to find as many different simple machines as we can.
As we find them and say their name they will mysteriously reappear in the
school and in our classroom. Until we label the simple machines
properly we will just have to do without it in our school! So, we
definitely want to find and identify as many simple machines as possible!!
Below is a rubric of expectations for the students.
The students will be assessed as they correctly identify examples of each
simple machine. In addition, the students will also be assessed in how
they use the resources available to them.
Rubric for Simple
|3 or More Websites
visited; Identifies 12 examples of Simple Machines
| Superior Job
|2 Websites visited;
Identifies 8 examples of Simple Machines
| Adequate Job
|0-1 Website visited;
Identifies 4 examples of Simple Machines
*Work together and don't be afraid to
* Think back to our science lessons on simple machines. Can you
remember the examples that we shared in class?
* Use the above
websites as a resource to identifying the many types of simple machines.
Do not try to do it all on
your own without these aids!
* Use these websites as starting
points. Do not limit yourself to using only these websites.
Thanks to you, second graders, we have our simple machines back! I
don't know what we would have done without you since the task clearly said
that only second graders could bring back the simple machines to Friedberg
Elementary School. Congratulations on fixing our school-wide prblem
with ease and speed! You have each done an excellent job!