1st grade scientists and Science Sam (also known as Mr. Sam) have been having a simply sensational time exploring simple machines. Through real-life simple machines set up right in our classroom (thanks to Mr. Sam) scientists have had 1st hand experiences to explore and investigate during our science unit.
We practiced how levers use a fulcrum as a pivot point to make lifting the load easier. Students got to see how pulleys help us use less force to move heavy loads. 1st graders even got to go outside to use the pulley on the flagpole to help make the work of raising the flag easier. Mr. Sam even used a pulley to lift a 1st grader!
Scientists went on a simple machine hunt around Fuller Meadow and found all SIX simple machines!
Click on the pictures below to try some fun simple machine games at home (they are on the class symbaloo too).
Thank you Science Sam for helping us see that these simple machines have sure helped make our work easier.