Simple Machines at a Glance
Activity Activity Description
EngageThe Engage session activates students’ prior knowledge of simple machines. In this session, students use their digital Notebooks to record their thoughts and then watch an animated video that gets them thinking about the topic. Students also participate in a teacher-led discussion of the tools we use to make our jobs easier. To complete the session, students collaborate with peers offline and continue to unpack their prior knowledge.
ExploreThe Explore session promotes interest in and curiosity about simple machines. In this session, students identify examples of simple machines. Students also participate in a teacher-led discussion that encourages them to wonder about what a simple machine is. To complete the session, students work collaboratively offline and further explore the simple machines and examples of each.
ExplainThe Explain session mixes animation with real-life video clips to provide a clear and concise description of the six simple machines. Students are also encouraged to express their understanding in their own words as they participate in teacher-led discussions. To complete the session, students participate in an offline activity that allows them to demonstrate mastery of the content.
Work SmarterThis Elaborate session promotes the use of formal definitions and explanations in a format not traditionally used in science instruction. In this session, students view an animated literature piece and use their digital Notebook to record their ideas. Students also participate in a teacher-led discussion that emphasizes the science content. To complete the session, students participate in offline activities that reinforce the connection between science, literature, and the arts.
Pinky PuzzleThis Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to new situations. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on science process skills and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces science process skills.
Label It!This Elaborate session allows students to practice and apply new terminology related to simple machines. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on the content vocabulary addressed throughout the module. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces literacy skills.
SillyBullsThis Elaborate session allows students to practice and apply new terminology related to simple machines. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on the content vocabulary addressed throughout the module. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces literacy skills.
AlphabetizeThis Elaborate session allows students to practice and apply new terminology related to simple machines. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on the content vocabulary addressed throughout the module. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces literacy skills.
Take a NoteThis Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to new situations. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on science process skills and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces science process skills.
Memory MatchThis Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to new situations. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on science process skills and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces science process skills.
Ready for FreddyThis Elaborate session allows students to practice and apply new terminology related to the module content. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on vocabulary and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity.
EvaluateThe Evaluate session reviews and assesses students’ knowledge of the content covered in the module. In this session, students participate in a teacher-led review of all concepts covered. Then, students complete an online assessment to measure their progress toward learning goals. Offline evaluations are available and can be used as needed.