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Lesson Plan

Simple machines using the weight of water

Summary: 
Use the weight of water to raise marbles, using simple machine mechanisms: a wheel and axle, a lever and a pulley.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Physics: Simple and complex Machines (5)
Curriculum connection (2005 science topic): 
Physical Science: Force and Motion (grade 1)
Physical Science: Forces and Simple Machines (grade 5)
Procedure: 

Set up the three activities for students to rotate through.
It will be messy, so have lots of towels and a mop handy.

Gather to discuss challenges, ways they were worked around, and the forces in the simple machines.

Grades tested: 
Gr K
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Gr 5
Teacher: 
Brenda Koch
Fiona Laporte
Ingrid
Site tested: 
Aboriginal Focus Elementary
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

Aboriginal Focus School with the Vancouver School Board's Scientist in Residence Program