What does a wheelbarrow, ferris wheel, roller skate, flag pole, fork, and a slide all have in common? They're all SIMPLE MACHINES of course! Our last unit of the school year will be a study of the scientific concept of "force". Work is performed by applying force over a distance. Simple machines create a greater output force than input force. Mechanical advantage! This is what makes our everyday lives so much easier.
Students-check out this cool link for some games and activities about simple machines.
Parents-my teaching team and I are experimenting with a new website that lets you organize your teaching units (or anything you want) in "live" binders. Your text, links, pictures, activities, etc. can all be "live" and connected to the net at all times, organized into binders of your own design. The binders can also be public for others to check out. Here is a link to the binder we have created for our "force" unit. This is rough, rough, rough draft but gives lots of info on unit content that might be interesting to you. Check for updates too. By the end of the unit we hope to have a polished, final binder for publishing.
http://www.livebinders.com/shelf/search?search=&terms=movers shakers changemakers&type=0