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Simple machines make work easier for us by allowing us to push or pull over increased distances. 

There are SIX simple machines: 

Type

Example

Activity
1.   Pulley - How Stuff Works

A pulley is a simple machine that uses grooved wheels and a rope to raise, lower or move a load.

old wooden pulley

Pulleys

 

2.   Lever - Enchanted Learning animations

A lever is a stiff bar that rests on a support called a fulcrum which lifts or moves loads. 

 

hammer

Levers

3.   Wedge - pictures using LEGO bricks

A wedge is an object with at least one slanting side ending in a sharp edge, which cuts material apart.

iron wedge

Wedges 

4.   Wheel & Axle - Activity using pencils and thread spools

A wheel with a rod, called an axle, through its center lifts or moves loads.

bicycle

Wheels

5.   Inclined Plane - pictures using LEGO bricks

An inclined plane is a slanting surface connecting a lower level to a higher level.

loading ramps

Inclined Planes

6.   Screw - Activity using pencil and paper in a new way

A screw is an inclined plane wrapped around a pole which holds things together or lifts materials.

machine screws

Screws 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edhead's Interactive Online Activities

Inventor's Toolbox

Simple Machine Quiz - online and interactive MIKIDS

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