Work, Tools, and Simple Machines
Age 8-10: Concept 4 - Exploration and Survival: Unit 3

Experiment with the six simple machines. Identify examples and uses of simple machines in your home and community. Understand that the simple machines combine to form complex machines and inventions. Solve real-life problems using simple machines that do work.

This unit can be used independently, but it is also designed to be used concurrently with the literature unit for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in third or fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Work (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: The Six Simple Machines (2 Days)
  • Lesson 3: The Inclined Plane
  • Lesson 4: The Screw and the Wedge (2 Days)
  • Lesson 5: Lever, Pulley, and Wheel and Axle (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Tools and Machines Make Work Easier (2 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Tools and Machines over Time (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Presenting - Simple Machines (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
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