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Activity

Simple machines in a woodwork project

Summary: 
Build a project from wood, using a saw, hammer and nails, screws etc. Discuss how each tool is a simple machine.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Simple and complex Machines (5)
Materials: 
  • pieces of wood
  • saws, hammer and nails, screws and screwdriver, other wood tools available
Procedure: 

Students build a wooden project.
We built a perch for chickens.
As the pieces of wood are cut and attached together, discuss how each tool is a simple machine, and how it makes the job possible.

Saw is a wedge.
Hammer is a lever.
Nails are wedges.
Screw is an inclined plane.
Screw driver is a wheel and axle.

Grades taught: 
Gr 3
Gr 5
Teacher: 
Ingrid
Teaching site: 
JEMZ+ After school science