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Mrs. Mathewson from Santa Monica CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Marvelous Machines to Entice Enthusiastic Engineers

My students need simple machines, activities and age appropriate content books to fully understand the concepts of force and motion.

  • $539 goal

This project expired on December 9, 2010.

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My Students

How does a lever work? What does a pulley do? Why is it important to understand how a wedge works? Without interacting with these simple machines, these concepts will be difficult for young minds to grasp. Please give my students the opportunity for hands-on experiences with simple machines!

My students are enthusiastic learners in a middle income, high performing school.

We are a diverse community of learners. The students in my class represent cultures and ethnicities from all over the world. Their learning styles and abilities range from gifted students to emergent learners struggling to reach benchmarks. My science curriculum focuses on hands-on experiences to get the students excited about the concepts required by the state standards. Investigation and experimentation are important components of our science program as well.

My Project

Teaching about the ideas of force, motion, and gravity in relation to simple machines is virtually impossible without real examples and opportunities for the students to have hands-on experiences. With the resources in this project, my students will be able to listen to and read age-appropriate nonfiction books about force and motion. Then groups of 3 or 4 children will be able to manipulate examples of simple machines, see how they work and get ideas for constructing their own. Finally, students will be able to practice and reinforce the concepts taught through tub and center activities at their developmental level. These opportunities to engage these simple, yet marvelous, machines will enable my little engineers to truly understand their use and application. Please consider helping to entice these young learners to become engineers!

Give students the opportunity to interact with simple machines like levers, inclined planes, wheels, axles, screws, pulleys and wedges.

Enable them to read about the concepts of force and motion through age-appropriate books and also do activities geared at reinforcing these important engineering basics. These important physical science ideas will be reinforced through the tools, books and activities in this project. Hopefully these marvelous machines will entice the engineers of tomorrow!

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This project will reach 27 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FF395 - Elementary Science Instant Learning Center - Simple Machines • Lakeshore Learning $24.95 1 $24.95
DS574 - Simple Machines Discovery Set • Lakeshore Learning $39.95 7 $279.65
GG864 - Force & Motion Book Library - Gr. 1-3 • Lakeshore Learning $27.50 1 $27.50
FF984 - Force & Motion Activity Tub - Gr. 1-3 • Lakeshore Learning $59.95 1 $59.95

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